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Code 1119-1
Large Oil on Canvas in Giltwood Frame, "Potatisplockarna" by Gregory Frank Harris

This very large and impressive gilt framed painting is after the original, which was done in the 19th century. The Swedish painter August Wilhelm Nikolaus Hagborg was born in 1852 and died in 1925. He titled the painting "Potatisplockarna", which translates to potato pickers. Hagborg spent his entire career in art. He studied art at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm with Vincent Palmaroli from 1872 to 1874. He moved to Paris in 1875 completing his training. His focus was on genre scenes and imagined 18th Century historical scenes. King Oscar II purchased one of his paintings in Sweden, which resulted in a big demand for his works. He also specialized In Normandy and Brittany scenes which were dominated by beaches, fishermen and their families. “Low Tide in the English Channel” was shown at the Salon in 1879 and was purchased by the Luxembourg Museum. He was named a member of the Societe nationale des beaux-arts.

August Hagborg's potato picking scene was brought back to life by Gregory Frank Harris, born 1953 in Downey, California. A novice artist before the age of 5, he loved primitive sculpting and painting. In the late 70’s, he experimented with impressionistic painting techniques, followed by his own creations of 19th century style pantings. Capturing the effect of light at a particular moment and place is at the heart of plein air painting, which was defined by the impressionists. In addition, he tied together the spirit of old masters, impressionists and naturalists with his own imagery. Artists such as Diego Velazsquez (1599-1660) and John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) used an alla prima application of paint which emerged in Harris’s work, as well as the textured impasto technique of Monet. His curiosity about historical techniques, paint textures and the elusiveness of capturing light on canvas has produced a variety of sought after paintings by this artist. The work seen here is one of his largest examples to hit the market. It is signed and dated, G.F. Harris 97'.

CONDITION: Excellent condition with only few minor rubs to edges of frame

Framed Dimensions H=68 3/4, W=56 3/4, D=4 1/4
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