Elof Wedin Abstract Pastel Artwork of Horses from the 1950s
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I'm proud to offer this haunting abstract pastel of horses on black velour paper by Minnesota listed artist Elof Wedin. His art is revered in Minnesota and around the world. (Please see full artist biography below) The dark tone and other-worldly image will stick with you long after you see it. The lines, the tone the color with the accents...it has power.
The haunting painting is signed in the lower left, and likely from the 1950s. It came out of a Twin Cities estate of an art collector.
Lighting will be a crucial element for displaying this powerful artwork. The tone is very dark, and certain natural and artificial lighting provide more color detail than others. The listing pictures reflect a couple different lighting set ups to draw out the image. No matter what the situation, you can look at it forever. It'll haunt you to no end.
The framed artwork measures 21 1/2" tall and 27" wide. The vintage wood frame has some light patina but it is solid. The backing still has the original cardboard. I recommend changing it out. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship to the continental USA only. If you are located in the Twin Cities area, I can deliver. Free shipping on the painting.
I salute you Mr. Wedin. This one will go forever.
------------------------------------------------ Here is a biography of Mr. Wedin, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Elof Wedin (June 28, 1901 – February 1, 1983) was a Swedish American artist who enjoyed a 50-year career in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. His main choice of medium was oil on canvas, but he also worked with pastels on velour, carved wood, and stainless steel.
Elof Wedin was born in Härnösand, Ångermanland, Sweden. His father was a shopkeeper. Elof learned his trade of insulating and lining boilers while living in Sweden. He immigrated to the United States in 1919, taking up residence in Minneapolis, MN. Elof Wedin entered night school at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the early 1920s. In 1926, he went to study under George Oberteuffer (1878–1940) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Two years later, he returned to Minneapolis. In 1928, Wedin began his career as a boilermaker, insulating boilers and ductwork with asbestos. While Wedin worked a day job in thermal power stations, he painted on evenings and weekends.
Wedin's early works, from the 1920s to the mid-1930s, are best described as representational. His major influences during this period were Rembrandt, Amedeo Modigliani, and Impressionism. Wedin did much Portrait painting, which he enjoyed. Wedin once said Merely pretty people don't make the best pictures. They've got to be interesting. He liked women best, and his wife often sat for him. I never get tired of painting her; she's never the same person twice. During the 1930s, his portraits featured oval faces and elongated features, inspired by the works of Amedeo Modigliani.
Wedin also painted Landscape art, an interest that was the subject of his entry in the 1934 Minnesota State Fair. During the depression, Wedin painted for several New Deal art projects, producing a series of Minneapolis street scenes under the Public Works of Art Project, as well as works for the post offices of Litchfield, Minnesota titled Street Scene, completed in 1937, and Mobridge, South Dakota titled Return from the Fields in 1938. He was also a Works Progress Administration artist, focusing on Regionalism, depicting scenes from small towns and from the North Shore (Lake Superior) of Minnesota, where he spent significant time. Unlike many regionalists, his style was a highly Geometric abstraction.
Works from Wedin's middle period, 1935 to 1957, were characterized for their experimentation with textures, free form and pastel colors. They are distinctly influenced by Modernism, but not yet completely abstract. His landscapes of the 1930s and 1940s had flattened space with no perspective, minimal sky, and buildings represented as angular shapes. Major influences during this time included Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and the avant-garde Cubism art movement.
In his later phase, 1958 through the mid-1970s, Wedin ventured into Abstract art, using raw colors applied with a palette-knife technique. By the 1960s he had begun to paint large non-objective canvases in thickly applied diagonals of bold color and black. Brilliantly colored areas that appeared to be broken up at close range would fit together at a distance, producing what Wedin called a "hidden abstract" composition. Wedin's works are represented in many major private and institutional collections, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1996 Wedin was one of 33 artists whose work was featured in the exhibition "Pictures for a New Home: Minnesota’s Swedish-American Artists,” at the James J. Hill House Gallery in St. Paul, sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society. In 2008, Elof Wedin was one of the artists featured in the Weisman Art Museum's "By the People, for the People" exhibit of Works Progress Administration paintings.
Wedin earned awards from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts annual shows, Minnesota State Fair exhibitions, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Swedish-American Clubs of Minneapolis and Chicago, the Women's Club of Minneapolis, the First New York American Artist Exhibition, the San Francisco Exhibition and the Los Angeles County Exhibition. -------------------------------------------------