Woman Playing Piano (1922). Arvid Nyholm (Swedish, 1866–1927). Oil on canvas. M. Christine Schwartz Collection.
The young woman’s casual disregard of our gaze invites us to feel as at home in the scene as the artist himself may have felt. Indeed, this work may portray one of his own daughters, Agda (or Agate), who was twenty-five in 1922, may have been the auburn-haired beauty playing the piano.
Reading By the Greenhouse. Arvid F. Nyholm (Swedish/American, Impressionism, 1866-1927).
In Chicago, Nyholm began painting portraits within the local Swedish-American community, but he quickly gained a wider reputation for his portraits and for figural works, for which family members posed; he also painted landscapes. In 1907, he traveled to Paris for further study at the Académie Colarossi and visited his former teacher Zorn in Sweden.