American oil on canvas depicting a Fall landscape and winding country path. Remnants of a Swedish American Art Association label en verso. Unsigned but similar to works by the artist John F. Carlson who participated in exhibitions held by the Swedish American Art Association. Housed in a carved gilt frame. Sight – 23 1/2" H x 29 1/2" W. Framed – 29" H x 35 1/4" H. History (Courtesy of www.northpark.edu): The first attempt to collect works of Swedish-American artists was made ca. 1900 in Lindsborg, Kansas where an exhibition of their works was held at Bethany College with works of American artists. In 1905 a Swedish-American Art Association was formed in Chicago and held an exhibition which had limited success; the association soon folded. In 1911, however, the first annual exhibition of Swedish-American art was held at The Swedish Club of Chicago. In the first show 101 works by 24 artists and 3 sculptors were listed as being on display. Included were three artists who were to become well-known in the larger world of American art — John Carlson, Olaf Grafstrm, and Birger Sandzen.Fourteen exhibits were held between 1911 and 1926. Eight were held between 1927 and 1941. None were held during World War II (1942 through 1945). Exhibits were held annually in 1946, 1947, and 1948. In 1949 the exhibits were shown on a biannual basis through 1959. The last two exhibits, the 32nd and 33rd, were held in 1961 and 1964. Altogether thirty-three exhibits were held over a period of fifty-four years. Exhibitions came from across the country, but the core of artists were Chicagoans. Condition: Overall very good condition with some surface grime.
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