Mountain Blossoms, Volda

  • William H. Johnson, Mountain Blossoms, Volda, ca. 1936-1937, oil on burlap, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.899

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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.

Title
Mountain Blossoms, Volda
Artist
Date
ca. 1936-1937
Location
Dimensions
25 x 29 in. (63.5 x 73.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on burlap
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – Norway – Volda
  • Landscape – tree
Object Number
1967.59.899
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