Oil on canvas still life of two Arts and Crafts style lamps with a plant in a large evening window setting, 24" by 24", unframed, signed at lower right by the listed Norwegian-American painter CHRISTIAN MIDJO (1880-1973). This beautifully painted work probably dates to about 1920, when Midjo would have been a professor at Cornell University, where he remained until 1946. Born in the Trondheim Norway area, the aspiring artist was educated at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen in 1903; by 1906 the record shows him in Chicago, where he exhibited at the Art Institute. Sometime after that he was apparently in Oakland, California, and then in the Sacramento, California area from the late 1950's through the early 1960's. At some point after that he returned to Norway. In 1986 the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell held an exhibition on the works of the artist, and a 12 page brochure was printed. Midjo gave away a number of works as gifts, it appears from a lively discussion on the askart board devoted to the artist. Midjo is listed in Falk's Who Was Who in American Art, and Gerdts' Art Across America. Few works of this talented artist have come to auction. This example has edge losses, a two inch depressed punctured area at bottom near at the base of the lamp, and a few other scattered small losses and abrasions, easily touched up. A gold or Craftsman type frame would really improve the impression. Writing on the stretcher and a label show the work was in the collection of a Los Angeles collector by the year 1992. .
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