A View Down Akersgate, Oslo

Media - 1967.59.930 - SAAM-1967.59.930_1 - 81380
Copied William H. Johnson, A View Down Akersgate, Oslo, ca. 1935, oil on burlap, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.930

Artwork Details

Title
A View Down Akersgate, Oslo
Date
ca. 1935
Dimensions
25 1431 14 in. (64.279.4 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the Harmon Foundation
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on burlap
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape — Norway — Akersgate
  • Figure group
  • Cityscape — street
  • Architecture Exterior — religious — church
Object Number
1967.59.930

Artwork Description

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.