Oil on canvas, 24" by 18", unframed, signed at lower right by well listed and frequently auctioned artist SVEND RASMUSSEN SVENDSEN (1864-1945). Svendsen's works are identifiable from 50 yards away, as he specialized in winter night scenes of snow in the forest, often with birch trees. He did paint other subject matter, including marines, but is most certainly best known today for the reddish-tinged snow. This example is really quite typical of his work, with a dark blue top half and reddish lower portion. There is an axe buried in a tree stump at middle left, a device seen in another work shown on askart. The artist was born in Norway but came to Chicago to study at the Art Institute, and it is with Chicago and the Midwest that he is most closely associated. There is an old label on the stretcher from Carson, Pirie Scott & Co., a former well-known Chicago department store. CONDITION: the painting has suffered condition wise, with a canvas loose and unattached at one side, stretcher bar show-through, several small cuts and holes that will need inpainting attention, and perhaps an old overcleaning; the paint has a generalized wear in some places that shows up as whitish hazy patches in some images; some of this is actually wear, possibly from an old cleaning, and some of this is simply light reflection/exposure/camera effects. ASK FOR MORE PHOTOS as I can only include nine on Ruby. Clearly though the painting needs attention, and a proper frame, and with that TLC it will be very presentable. .
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