Item #AT-0164

"Dusk on the River" by John Olson Hammerstad (1842 - 1925)



"Dusk on the River" by John Olson Hammerstad (1842 - 1925). Oil on Canvas in period Gilt and Gesso Frame.




24"H x 36"W


33.5" H x 45.5"W

John Olsen Hammerstad (April 19, 1842-1925) was a Norwegian-American painter who was active in the Chicago area around the turn of the century.

He was born at Kristiansund, Norway, to Ole Hammerstad, a sailor, and Magdalena (Schei) Hammerstad. John Hammerstad served as an apprentice in Norway to a painter and decorator. When he was in his late twenties he studied at Johan Fredrik Eckersberg's academy of painting in Christiania (now Oslow), Norway. Eckersberg, who lived from 1822 to 1870, was a representative of the late Romantic Düsseldorf school of painting.

Hammerstad emigrated to the U.S. in 1869 and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He is considered to be the first professional painter of Norwegian birth in the Midwest. In the 1870s the fine arts among Norwegian-Americans developed in urban centers including Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle.

He was primarily known as a landscape painter, but also occasionally depicted such subjects as buffalo and boats. His works are characterized by realism and a striking use of light and color. Many were sold to Chicagoans to adorn their Victorian homes. His works still come up for sale with some frequency. Art by Hammerstad is among the holdings at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

*From Wikipedia