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Winter Scene, Svend Svendsen - Fine Arts
  • Date ca. 1900
  • Place of Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Creator Svend Svensen

Svend Svendsen was born in Oslo, Norway in 1864. He emigrated to Chicago in 1881. He was primarily a self-taught artist who was known for his snow scenes, which often have a red glow of light. A news article in 1934 reported that Svendsen had died. The artist, who had been sick but was still alive, borrowed Mark Twain’s famous comment and wrote a retort, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Svendsen died in 1945.

Vesterheim has 26 pieces by Svendsen, most of them oil paintings.

  • Materials Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions height: 11.5 inches; width: 24 inches
  • Identifier / Source 1987.034.004 - Gift of J. Harry and Josefa Andersen