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A View Down Akersgate, Oslo

ca. 1935 William H. Johnson Born: Florence, South Carolina 1901 Died: Central Islip, New York 1970 oil on burlap 25 1/4 x 31 1/4 in. (64.2 x 79.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Harmon Foundation 1967.59.930 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 30B

Luce Center Label

This view shows two imposing churches in the center of Oslo, Norway: the copper-domed Trinity Church and Saint Olav’s Church in the background. Hints of blossoms evoke a change of season, and William H. Johnson painted intense, expressionistic hues in the buildings and streets, perhaps to capture the emotional undercurrents of a gray, late-winter day.


Architecture Exterior - religious - church

Cityscape - Norway - Akersgate

Cityscape - street

Figure group


paint - oil

fabric - burlap

metal - support added