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Knute Heldner, Swedish-American, 1877-1952, Minnesota, Louisiana “Duluth Landscape” Signed lower right Heldner immigrated to the U.S. around 1902, moving soon thereafter to Minnesota. He began exhibiting his work in Minnesota, winning a gold medal at the state fair in 1915. He spent his winters in New Orleans and his summers in Duluth, Minnesota, retaining an active role in both art communities. He exhibited in both cities as well as at the Swedish-American Art Exhibition in Chicago, and was honored with a solo exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in Paris, a Stockholm gallery, and at the Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans. Heldner was a member of the WPA Federal Art Project. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, and the White House. This Impressionist landscape boasts a land blanketed by intense blues and dynamic yellows, which is balanced by the soft blue sky. It was likely painted near the beginning of a summer in Duluth, as the trees are bare and the ground is a mucky green. Nearby is a white space, perhaps a lake still somewhat frozen. The background is composed of cool violet and blue hues. Most of the brushstrokes were applied horizontally, evoking swiftly moving cool winds across the land. The green and ochre ground is a promise of summer soon to come.Dimensions: 10 x 12 in.Artist or Maker: Knute (Sven August) HeldnerMedium: Oil on panel


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Knute Heldner, American, 1877-1952

Estimate $700 - $900Aug 19, 2017
275 Market St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
United States
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