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Knute Heldner (Swedish/New Orleans, 1877-1952), "French Market, New Orleans", oil on canvas, signed lower right, "Tweed Museum of Art" exhibition label en verso, 30 in. x 36 in., framed. Provenance: Tezcuco Plantation. Exh.: "Knute Heldner: A Retrospective Exhibition", Oct. 12-Nov. 16, 1980, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN. Note: Among the largest and most complex of Knute Heldner’s canvases, this French Market scene was painted from Dumaine Street in the French Quarter, looking east toward the Faubourg Marigny. The fresh, white palette and brightly colored clothing of the shoppers create an ebullient atmosphere. The composition, combining the historic buildings and horse-drawn cart with modern cars on the street, beautifully highlights the synthesis of old and new in quotidian French Quarter life. From the inclusion of the cupolas on top of the buildings, this painting is dated to after the Public Works Administration renovations in the late 1930s. The French Market, which has a long and vivid history, originally was comprised of a group of markets, each selling a certain type of food or dry goods. Although damaged or destroyed by storms or fires many times over the years, the markets were always immediately rebuilt, indicating the vital importance of these buildings in the New Orleans community. The renovation of the late 1930s demolished many of the nineteenth century structures, some of which had been badly damaged in a hurricane in 1915. A later renovation of the 1970s significantly changed the style of the French Market, as well as altering the footprint of the market complex.

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Knute Heldner (Swedish/New Orleans, 1877-1952)

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4038 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
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