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Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt

Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt
Born (1878-03-13)March 13, 1878
Tullstorp, Sweden
Died April 21, 1955(1955-04-21) (aged 77)
Henderson, Texas, United States
Cause of death
Heart attack
Education Art Institute of Chicago
Father and Son. Black and white reproduction from 1921 exhibition catalog.

Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (13 April 1878 – April 21, 1955) was an American artist who painted seascapes and depictions of New Mexico's indigenous culture.[1]


He was born in Tullstorp, Malmö, Skåne County, Sweden the son of Nils and Ingrid (Nordfeldt) Olsson. The family immigrated to the United States in 1892. He first worked as a typesetter for the Swedish language newspaper, Det Rätta Hemlandet. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studied with Frederick Richardson. He later apprenticed with Albert Herter in New York City. He studied in Paris at the Académie Julian.[2] He adopted his mother's surname to avoid confusion with the maritime artist (Alfred) Julius Olsson, whose work was then becoming popular in Europe and America.


During World War I he was in San Francisco where he registered for the draft. During the war, Nordfeldt was assigned to San Francisco to supervise the camouflage of merchant ships. After his service in World War I, he moved to Taos, New Mexico. In 1921, Nordfeldt joined the Taos Society of Artists.[3] In the late 1930s he relocated to Lambertville, New Jersey.[4]

Throughout the 1930s, Nordfeldt taught at various schools including Utah State College, the Wichita Art Association and the Minneapolis School of Art. From 1941-43, he was a guest professor for the Department of Art of the University of Texas.[5][6]

Nordfeldt worked in diverse styles and media, including etchings and prints, portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes. Nordfeldt strove for a flattening of form and distortion of space, creating stylized images. He chose subjects laden with emotional power, especially nature and religious scenes.[7]

Nordfeldt exhibited in numerous museums and galleries and received many significant awards and prizes in the course of his career. His works are held in the Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Public Library, New Mexico Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newberry Library, and the Hirshhorn Museum as well as many other venues. Biographical sketches for Nordfeld are published in most standard art reference works. His papers are held in the Manuscript Collections of the Archives of American Art. He died in Henderson, Texas on April 21, 1955.[6]



  1. ^ (James A. Michener Art Museum)B.J.O. Nordfeldt
  2. ^ (Luther College Fine Arts Collection)Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt
  3. ^ (Taos Artists)Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt
  4. ^ B.J.O. Norfeldt, James A. Michener Art Museum. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Born Bror Julius Olsson in Sweden, Nordfeldt lived in Chicago, New England, Santa Fe, and ultimately in Lambertville, New Jersey."
  5. ^ "Bror Julias Olsson Nordfeldt". Karges Fine Arts. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  6. ^ a b "B.J.O. Nordfeldt Dies".  
  7. ^ (Sullivan Goss)B.J.O. Nordfeldt


  • Haugan, Reidar Rye Prominent Artists and Exhibits of Their Work in Chicago (Chicago Norske Klub. Nordmanns-Forbundet, 24: 371—374,Volume 7, 1933)
  • Coke, Van Deren Nordfeldt the Painter (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1972)
  • Hunter, Sam. B.J.O. Nordfeldt: An American Expressionist (1984)
  • Swanson, Mary T. The Immigrant Molds the Image: the Life of B.J.O. Nordfeldt (Swedish American Historical Quarterly. Vol. XLII pp. 69–89. April 1991)
  • Crump, Robert L. Minnesota Prints and Printmakers, 1900-1945 (Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009)

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Swedish-American Works from the Hillstrom Collection
  • B. J. O. Nordfeldt works at New Mexico Museum of Art
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