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Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt

(Born April 13, 1878 Sweden - died April 21, 1955 Texas)


B.J.O. Nordfelt is probably best known to the Provincetown art colony as the artist who invented the whiteline color woodblock process which led to the Provincetown Printers group, who became famous for their prints whose bright colors, simplicity and clean, crisp modernity appealed to the public as well as to the collectors.

During his stay in Province-town, in 1916, Nordfeldt founded the Modern Art School with the Zorachs and M. Musselman Carr. (The school lasted one season.) He also became an active member of the Provincetown Players, building and painting scenery, designing sets, as well as acting in the original productions of Eugene O’Neill’s play, “Bound for Cardiff” (acting the part of the Swede). He still found time to paint, and to experiment with the printmaking process. In 1919 he moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where he continued to paint, while keeping up his print-making.


The Collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, March 3-13, 2000, The National Arts Club, New York, NY; Curatorial Notes: Tony Vevers







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