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Visions of the North: Minnesotan Art & History

Tue, May 21, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 62

Elof Wedin Abstract Harbor Painting

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

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Elof Wedin (Swedish/American, 1901-1983). Oil on canvas painting depicting colorful slashes of yellow and red against a dark blue background, possibly depicting a harbor scene. Similar to the artist's depictions of harbors in Norway. Signed along the lower right.

Lot Essay:
Elof Wedin immigrated to the United States in 1919 from Swedin and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the early 1920s he began taking night classes at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and in 1926 he began studying under George Oberteuffer at the Art Institute of Chicago. After returning to Minneapolis he began to paint character studies and portraits that gradually began to take on a more modernist feel, resembling portraits by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s his landscape paintings began to take on a highly abstract geometric style. With their flattened space, lack of perspective, and angular shapes, he grew into the Abstract Expressionism movement of the late 1950s and into the mid-1970s.

He had shows around the country including the Hudson Walker Gallery in New York, the Rockefeller Center in New York, the San Francisco World's Fair, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and many more throughout Minnesota. His works are held in collections such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Unframed; height: 38 1/2 in x width: 46 3/4 in. Framed; height: 41 1/2 in x width: 49 3/4 in x depth: 1 in.


The colors are bold and bright and the surface is stable. No chips, losses, or restorations when viewed under UV light. Light wear to the frame.

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