Lovely impressionist oil by Hugo Ofverstrom (Swedish, 1900-1973). Ofverstrom was born in Kungälv, Sweden and studied at the Valand Academy of Fine Art from 1919-1922. There, he trained under the well-known artist Birger Simonsson (1883-1938), who had in turn worked with Matisse in Paris. After completing his studies, Ofverstrom spent 5 years (1923-1928) in America before returning to Sweden, where he settled in Goteborg. Over the years, he developed a distinctive, increasingly loose impressionistic style characterized by vigorous brushwork and broken color. While Ofverstrom produced landscapes, still lifes, and coastal scenes, he is best known for his vibrant scenes of the Bohuslan Archipelago, especially the coastal villages with their rustic boat sheds and fishing boats.
This painting, probably done c. 1950, is an outstanding example of Ofverstrom's dynamic impressionist style. The work is an oil on masonite board, signed lower left, that measures 19.625" high X 24" wide unframed and 25.5" X 29.5" wide framed. The work is presented in a newer black frame with gold inner lip and carved corner designs. The painting is in excellent condition and ready to hang.
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