Frithjof Tidemand Johannessen
(1916 Oslo - 1958)
(Norwegian graphic- and decorative artist, glaspainter, author, colorwoodblock-printmaker, active in the Norwegian resistance 1940-45)
"Fügelfjell i mitnattsol" (Birdcliffs in midnight sun)
In my pictures archive I had this picture of "Gulls and Cliffs". The maker: F. Tidemann Johannessen. That's what I read. In pencil the Norwegian title is shown lower left.
And that is why I failed to find any information on the Internet. It's Tidemand Johannessen. That gives a few clues on the www. but not much is revealed about this artist.
The Gulls-print belonging to a rare set of 12 coloured woodcutprints published in 1953:
"Norge i 12 Originale Fargestresnitt"
Each print representing a month of the year, the motifs divided between the North, West, East and South. Recently someone sent me two more pictures of this series. Living on the edge of the same Northsea, I really appriciate them . And would I very much like to know more about this artist.
"fiskerflötte ... lofotveggen" (Fishingfleet in the Lofoten)
"nordlys an Finnmarkvidda" (aurora borealis in Finmarksvidda ?)
And I even found a no. 4 of this series.
"epleblomster .. Hardanger" (Apple blossoms in Hardangerfjord)
Frithjof T.J. also designed the glaswindows in Thorsov Church in his native Oslo. This church was initiated 1958 so they probably have been his last achievements. He died, aged only 42, in the same year.
Thanks to: Clive, Art and the Easthete, for correcting and putting me on the track!
Thanks to : Deb Hagemeier, Assistant Director Mikkelsen Library Augustana, Sioux Falls
To be continued !