William Torjesen was born in Kristiansand, Norway in 1897. When his father died, he was sent to a technical school were he studied architectural and furniture design. He also began to take courses in painting. In 1920, he emigrated to New York City where he studied under John Sloan who was a leading figure in the Ashcan School of realist artists. Torjesen was an active member of the Norwegian Art and Craft Club of Brooklyn, New York. Torjesen died in 1971.
Vesterheim has 31 pieces of Torjesen's work, including 26 paintings and five pieces of furniture.
This painting was part of the Norwegian Art and Craft Club's 1947 exhibition at Riverside Museum in New York City. Torjesen once said that, "I most enjoy painting harbor scenes in Brooklyn."
Dimensions: height, 10 inches; width, 14 inches.