Alfred Jansson, Landscape With Birch Trees

Alfred Jansson, Landscape With Birch Trees

A beautiful early 20th-century landscape painting by Swedish-American painter, Alfred Jansson (1863-1931). Jansson’s deft impressionistic brushwork skilfully captures an abundance of light that floods the scene.

Note also the composition, which guides your eye deeper into the forest between two birch trees in the foreground. This deliberate technique brings focus to the array of attractive hues as they gradually increase in value.

Alfred Jansson was of Swedish descent but immigrated to America to continue his development as an artist. He lived in Chicago for many years and thrived among local Swedish-American communities. For around 20 years, he exhibited regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago.

He specialised in landscape painting and had a keen fondness for the natural world. Many of his views were drawn from the Chicago region but he also returned to Sweden to paint occasionally.

In around 1916, the Fine Arts Journal noted that “His work is imbued with poetry,” and “carries that rich quality which is so much loved by the devotees of the modern landscape school.”

The painting is signed in the lower right and housed within a charming vintage frame with foliate decoration and swept corners.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 33” x 38” / 84cm x 97cm
Year of creation: c. 1920
Provenance: Sweden
Condition: Very presentable. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £3,520 achieved for ‘Sunset Over The Pond’ at an auction in 1998.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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