Harbor, Svolvaer, Lofoten

  • William H. Johnson, Harbor, Svolvaer, Lofoten, 1937, oil on burlap, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.893

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In 1937, William H. Johnson and his Danish wife, Holcha, made their way north of the Arctic Circle to the settlement of Svolvaer in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Thickly applied colors capture strong contrasts of light and shadow and animate the rugged terrain and fishing boats in the harbor. In letters to friends, Holcha called the Lofotens “marvelously beautiful” and wrote that her husband climbed the hills every day to capture the scenery in different light and weather. This canvas shows the twin peaks of the “Svolvaer Goat,” a landmark in the islands that remains famous to this day.

Harbor, Svolvaer, Lofoten
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27 x 37 1/4 in. (68.5 x 94.5 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Mediums Description
oil on burlap
  • Landscape – mountain
  • Waterscape – boat
  • Landscape – Norway – Lofoten
  • Landscape – Norway – Svolvaer
  • Waterscape – harbor – Svolvaer Harbor
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