This is a vibrant impressionist oil by Hugo Ofverstrom (Swedish, 1900-1973) for sale. 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 dynamic scenes of the Bohuslan Archipelago, especially the coastal villages with their rustic boat sheds and fishing boats.
This painting, which probably dates to the late 1940's, is an outstanding example of Ofverstrom's mature impressionist style. The work is an oil on canvas that measures 21.75" high X 18.25" wide unframed and 27.25" X 23.5" wide framed. The gold frame is new and both it and the painting are in excellent condition. The work is signed lower right and the painting is ready to hang.
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