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Visions of the North: Minnesotan Art & History

Tue, May 21, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 51

Nicholas Brewer Portrait Painting of Otto Bremer

Estimate: $300 - $600

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Nicholas R. Brewer (American, 1857-1949). Oil on canvas portrait painting of Otto Bremer (German/American, 1867-1951). Signed along the lower left, painted ca. 1900.

Otto Bremer was a prominent banker and philanthropist known for founding the Otto Bremer Trust in 1944. His significance to Minnesotan history lies in his establishment of the Bremer Bank, which played a crucial role in supporting local businesses and communities, particularly during times of economic hardship such as the Great Depression. Bremer's philanthropic efforts continue to impact Minnesota through the trust, which focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals and communities in the region.

Unframed; height: 44 in x width: 34 in. Framed; height: 51 1/2 in x width: 41 1/4 in x depth: 2 in.


The colors are bold and deep and the surface is stable. Under UV light, there are numerous areas of in-painting and restoration. These are mainly along the figure's face, right-most hand, the lower edge, and the negative space along the upper left quadrant. Several other larger areas fluoresce throughout. The surface of the painting is slightly dusty. There are some stretcher bar marks. Along the verso there are several small spots of wax infilling corresponding to areas of restoration. There is a large patch along the upper right edge, corresponding to a large area of restoration along the recto. A few small chips and signs of light wear to the frame.

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