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Starlings Flocking

1947
40 x 48 in. (101.6 x 121.9 cm)

Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt
American (Sweden (Tullstorp, Skane), 1878 - 1955, Henderson, TX)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Whitney Hoyt in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Hoyt
Accession Number: 1948.1
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Location: Not currently on view

A Rochester artist, Whitney Hoyt (also represented in this exhibition), purchased Starlings Flocking from a show in New York and immediately presented it to MAG. The Swedish-born B. J. O. Nordfeldt was recognized as a master of Expressionism and in her letter of thanks to the donor, Gallery director Gertrude Herdle Moore waxed rhapsodic in describing her reaction to his painting: “I cannot tell you whether I am hearing or seeing it more—or whether I have ever before been caught up into such a dynamic sensation of movement sweeping through space. The Van Gogh Starry Night did the same thing to me . . . [Those starlings] fill the air about you with their darting wings and cut it as if it were a visible substance . . . I have begun to hear a pulsating beat in the spiraling motion of the design and to feel surrounded by its luminous planes.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Artist's signature, lower right: Nordfeldt '47

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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