“I love how the composition of Walter Griffin’s Summer in Norway takes the viewer’s eye along the path and up toward the sweeping vista ahead, not quite visible in the composition. It reminds me of that moment while hiking when you see the summit ahead and know you are about to reap the rewards of your climb. The grittiness of charcoal makes it the perfect medium to capture Norway’s rugged landscape, and shows how Walter Griffin can show texture, perhaps best seen in the heavy impasto in his oils, in all his mediums of choice. Royal Cortissoz of the New York Herald Tribune might have described Griffin’s application best in 1936, calling it “an effect resembling in its muted richness that of some old tapestry.”
-Catharine Holmes, Director of Marketing
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Griffin traveled to Norway in 1908, where he became enamored with the grandeur of the country’s rugged, mountainous landscape. At this time he continued to work in an impressionist manner, using broad, energetic strokes in both his oil paintings and drawings. This vitality is seen in his 1910 charcoal, Summer in Norway, in which the stately pine tree and highland grasses seem to bend and sway with the wind.
Estate of the artist, Portland, Maine
By descent to private collection, North Yarmouth, Maine