Carl Nordell’s family emigrated from Denmark and settled in Boston in the 1890s. He began his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design before attending the Art Students League in New York under George Bridgeman (1865-1945).
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Around 1906 Nordell visited an exhibition by The Ten American Painters and was so inspired by the work of Tarbell and DeCamp that he enrolled at the Museum School. In 1909 his tireless studies paid off and he was awarded the prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship which he used to travel to Paris and study at the Académie Julian.
Upon his return to America, Nordell worked at the Fenway Studios and completed many portrait commissions for a number of Boston’s elite citizens. Beginning in 1911 he exhibited at the Boston Art Club and also received such awards as the silver medal at the esteemed 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
Collection, Washington, DC
To private collection, Roslindale, Massachusetts, 2002 to present
(verso of canvas) October Still-Life