Svend Rasmussen Svendsen

Sled Leaving a Wintery Farm by Svend Rasmussen Svendsen

Sled Leaving a Wintery Farm by Svend Rasmussen Svendsen

Svend Rasmussen Svendsen (Norwegian and American, 1864–1945) is known for his paintings of rural scenes, seascapes, and snowy landscapes of his home country of Norway.

Svendsen was born in Nittedal in Akershus, Norway. As a young adult, he moved to Oslo to study. Svendsen studied with Norwegian painter and engraver Fritz Thaulow. He also studied with Edward F. Ertz, Professor of Watercolor at the Académie Delécluse in Paris. In 1881, he immigrated to America and settled in Chicago, Illinois. 

During the course of his career, Svendsen exhibited at the Chicago institute of Art, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Since his death, Svendsen has been included in exhibitions featured at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and Spanierman Gallery in Chicago. His work is included in collections worldwide including major museums like the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian.