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Mountain Blossoms, Volda

ca. 1936-1937 William H. Johnson Born: Florence, South Carolina 1901 Died: Central Islip, New York 1970 oil on burlap 25 x 29 in. (63.5 x 73.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Harmon Foundation 1967.59.899 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 30B

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William H. Johnson painted several images of fruit trees against dramatic mountain backdrops on his trips through Norway. He captured the apple blossoms in Volda, then traveled to Hardangerfjord, an area known for its cherry, apple, plum, and pear orchards (Powell, Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson, 1991). Here, the bright whites and reds of the flowers stand out vividly against the green of new leaves and darker mountain shadows, emphasizing the dazzling effect of spring in the cold northern landscape.


Landscape - Norway - Volda

Landscape - tree


paint - oil

fabric - burlap