Elof Wedin (Swedish/American, 1901-1983). Oil on canvas abstract painting, 1961. Signed and dated along the upper right.
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.Sight; height: 50 in x width: 36 in. Framed; height: 51 in x width: 37 in.
No visible tears, rips, or losses to canvas. The color is bold and bright. To the upper left quadrant, there is an approximately 2 inches long line of unstable surface with minute paint loss. Along the extreme edges, there are a few scattered areas of minute paint loss. No visible sign of restoration. Wear to the wooden canvas frame.
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