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Moonrise – The Wave

Artist:
B. J. O. Nordfeldt (American (born Sweden), Jonstorp 1878–1955 Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Date:
1906
Medium:
Color woodcut
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 5/16 x 11 1/8 in. (23.7 x 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. B. J. O. Nordfeldt, 1955
Accession Number:
55.634.64
Not on view
Born in Sweden, Nordfeldt moved to Chicago with his family in 1891. He was predominately active in woodcut prints in two phases: 1900 to 1906 and 1915 to 1917. Moonrise—The Wave was designed during the first phase. Having just returned from
a visit to Sweden in 1903, Nordfeldt focused on seascapes and images of coastal village life. Inspired by Japanese woodblocks, he froze the action of the wave breaking against a retaining wall.
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite lower left: "Nordfeldt 1906 / [illeg.] 125"
Mrs. B. J. O. Nordfeldt; Donor: Mrs. B. J. O. Nordfeldt
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 27, 2012–November 18, 2012.

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