Carl Von Hanno (Norway/France, 1901-1953) oil on board painting titled "No. 12 Fish Weighting Norway," 1948, depicting a group of men processing fish on a covered dock, with men in small boats moored alongside. A body of water and hills are visible in the background, beneath a pale blue sky. Signed and dated "Carl V. Hanno 48" lower right. Titled with additional ink inscription en verso of board. Housed in a molded wooden frame with stained outer and rabbet edges. Sight – 15 5/8" H x 19 5/8" W. Framed – 19 1/4" H x 23 1/4" W. Mid 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Von Hanno grew up in a bourgeois family and registered at the Norwegian School of Crafts and Art Industry School (SHKS) evening school at age thirteen and he graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts under Christian Krohg and Halfdan Strom 1920-22. He lived in Paris in the fall of 1925 and became a student of Andre Lhote. In the second half of the 1920s, von Hanno worked in Western Norway, in Italy, and in North Africa. During this time, a painting of his was purchased by Queen Maud at an exhibition in the Artists' Association. After returning home, he participated in the competition for the decoration of Folkets Hus' party hall in Oslo and was awarded the 2nd prize for his draft Kranselaget. He continued to be influenced by French modernism and developed a characteristic form of cubism. In the fall of 1932 he was awarded the Draner Association's scholarship and stayed in Paris until the spring of 1933. Here he received a proof of Marcel Gromaire at Academie Scandinave. He attended exhibitions in renowned galleries and his work was purchased for the Musee de Jeu de Paume. Descriptions of workers and craftsmen became a main theme. Eventually, the content of his paintings became more politically motivated, and in 1933-34, von Hanno appeared as a social trendist in a moderate Cubist language. In 1935-37 he was an active member of the Socialist Cultural Front, a free-standing political association consisting of intellectuals and artists with a strong attachment to the labor movement. (source: Translated from the Norsk Biografisk Leksikon, the largest Norwegian biographical encyclopedia, originally published by Aschehoug, Oslo, between 1921-1983, 1999-2005). CONDITION: Overall good condition. Partial left margin of unfinished board visible, approx. 13 1/2" L. Minor abrasions to frame.
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