Mountain Blossoms, Volda

Media - 1967.59.899 - SAAM-1967.59.899_1-000001 - 81376
Copied William H. Johnson, Mountain Blossoms, Volda, ca. 1936-1937, oil on burlap, 2529 in. (63.573.7 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.899

Artwork Details

Mountain Blossoms, Volda
ca. 1936-1937
2529 in. (63.573.7 cm.)
stretcher upper left in red: "MOUNTAIN BLOSSOMS"/67.59.899 (NOR-285) stretcher upper right in black marker: CAT #45 frame center right in black: FO 311
Credit Line
Gift of the Harmon Foundation
Mediums Description
oil on burlap
  • Landscape — tree
  • Landscape — Norway — Volda
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Artwork Description

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.