2008473-0000 Two Ships in Rough Water by John Olson Hammerstad
Inventory No: 2008473-0000 Painting Subject: "Two ships in rough water" Artist: John Olson Hammerstad Medium: Signed Oil on Canvas Size: 20" x 27 1/8"
Biography of Artist:
John Olson Hammerstad Norwegian-American Artist 1842 - 1925
John Olson Hammerstad was a Norwegian-American artist who lived and painted in Illinois. He is often known for his landscapes and wildlife. The subjects for his paintings on oil included coastal view, landscape, nocturne, seascape, and wildlife.
Born in Christiansund, Norway on April 19, 1842, his parents were Ale and Magdalena (Schei) Hammerstad. Ole Hammerstad was a sailor. John was apprenticed to a painter and decorator in Norway and in his late 20's studied at the drawing school of Johan Fredrick Eckerburg (1822-1870), who was a representative of the late Romantic Dusseldorf School of Painting.
John emigrated to the United States in 1869 and settled in Chicago, Illinois. Primarily a landscape painter, his works stand our for their realism and use of color with many of them sold to Chicagoans for their Victorian homes. It is said that while the artist received little money for his works, they were resold at many times the price paid to him. (A History of Norwegians in Chicago).
John was married to Agnes Klemp, Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Christian Klemp of Fredrickshald, Norway. They had 4 children and the family resided at 773 Summerdale Ave. in Chicago. The artist passed away in 1925.
Biography from the archives of Ask Art.
Frame Circa Date: 1948 Custom Frame-Ridged bright gold and grey paint. Frame Molding Width: 2 1/2" Frame Condition: Custom