Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt

Swedish , 1878 - 1955

Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt was born in Tullstorp, Malmöhus, in Sweden in 1878. When he was fourteen his family emigrated to the United States, settling in Chicago. In 1896 he began studies at the Art Institute of Chicago while working as a typesetter on the Swedish newspaper, “Hemlandet”. At the Art Institute, he studied with Frederick Richardson and John H. Vanderpool.

Nordfeldt traveled to Paris in 1900 to study at the Académie Julian and in 1901 he began to study woodblock printing in Oxford, England with F. Morley Fletcher. He returned to Sweden to live and work in Jonstorp, a village on the Western coast. From 1903 to 1907 he lived in Chicago where he used the people, scenes and landmarks of Chicago as the subjects of his compositions. In 1907 he traveled to other places, including New York and Massachusetts, continuing to work.

In 1913 Nordfeldt spent more time in Paris, returning to New York after World War I. During the War, he had been assigned to San Francisco to supervise the camouflage of merchant ships. After his service ended, Nordfeldt moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he remained for a number of years. Nordfeldt moved often during the 1930s, spending time in Colorado, Utah, Kansas and Massachusetts and in 1937 he moved to Lambertville, New Jersey where he spent the remainder of his life.

Nordfeldt’s etching, “Giudecca Canal” was donated to the Fine Arts Collection of Luther College in Iowa by the family of Nils E. Remmen in 1941.
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