Another installment of artwork from my great-grandmother, Olga Johanna Hanson Schmidt (1891-1990).
Part One is here: Artwork of Olga Hanson Schmidt
Part Two is here: Artwork of Olga Hanson Schmidt – Part II
Part Three is here: Artwork of Olga Hanson Schmidt – Part III
[As always you can click on each item to see a larger version, or to download the file.]
The first two paintings, both of river scenes, are owned by John Voght, Olga’s grandson:
The next painting, a still life of flowers in a vase, is owned by Alicia Kamenick, Margaret Schmidt’s grand-daughter. She said of it:
” I didn’t even know this painting existed until this fall. I was visiting Ann in Santa Fe, and she had a couple of Olga’s paintings and asked if I would like one. An easy decision. I grew up with the ones my mom has in her house – a winter landscape and a still life with fruit. Not knowing she [Olga] had done so many paintings, this one just made me happy to see it – I loved the colors.”
The next two paintings are owned by Mary Voght, Margaret Schmidt’s daughter:
The next three paintings are owned by Peggy Kamenick (Margaret Schmidt’s daughter):
It is believed that the next painting of horses in a field is owned by Karen Krueger Schulz, daughter of Norma Schmidt. This photograph (cropped from a photo of Olga in her home in 1971) is the only copy of this painting I have so far. It was a favorite of my mother’s, and when she was growing up she’d spend hours staring at it. It was always displayed over the couch in Edwin and Olga’s living-room:
The last painting, “Madonna and Child”, is not like any of Olga’s other work because it was a copy of an existing work. This is her “grisaille”-style interpretation of the painting “Madonnina” by Roberto Ferruzzi. It was displayed in her living-room for many, many years, and was likely painted in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s. My mother remembers seeing it as a very young girl. It passed to Margaret Schmidt, who passed it to Mary Voght when Margaret died. It was damaged in a basement flood (the scars of which it still carries), and has since come into my possession. It’s a breathtaking work.