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A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson

Do you have a painting by Oscar Jacobson?

 

We're looking for works of art from public and private collections for the 2015 retrospective at the FJJMA.

 

 

“... life can be endured without the escape into abstractions. It may now be considered old fashioned but I seem to prefer to paint the world unconquered by man, unviolated by human greed, a world untouched by misery and despair. Every summer for 30 years or more, I have wandered over the south-western States attempting as best I may, by means of paint, to interpret their dramatic beauty, not neglecting the lyrical melancholy charm of Oklahoma’s winters.”

 

-Oscar Brousse Jacobson, 1948


  • OSCAR JACOBSON, HIDDEN TREASURES

  • OSCAR JACOBSON, JEANNE

  • OSCAR JACOBSON, MOUNTAIN CABIN

  • OSCAR JACOBSON, TOPAZ LAKE

  • OSCAR JACOBSON, SERENE HEIGHTS
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Spring 2015

 

 

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma is announcing plans for a retrospective exhibition of works by Oscar Brousse Jacobson to commemorate the centennial of his appointment at the university. Scheduled for 2015, the retrospective will be the most comprehensive exhibition of his work and career to date. To make the exhibition and catalog as complete as possible, the museum is asking the public for help tracking down works by Jacobson currently in private hands.

 

Jacobson joined OU in 1915 as the only member of the art faculty, but eventually oversaw the dramatic expansion of the School of Art and the creation of an art museum in 1936 that would eventually become the FJJMA.

 

He became a passionate supporter of the visual arts in the Southwest and an enthusiastic promoter of Native American fine art. Jacobson also was a prolific artist and created in excess of 600 works of art over his career.

 

Although Jacobson was unquestionably important to the visual arts in this region, there has been little scholarly study of his career. In order to document Jacobson’s long career effectively, the FJJMA is creating a database to catalog Jacobson’s output. This catalogue raisonné will provide an invaluable research tool for future scholars. The project will be spearheaded by Mark White, the Eugene B. Adkins and Chief Curator at the FJJMA.

 

“Jacobson was fairly successful selling his work during his lifetime, but many of those pieces remain in private hands,” White said. “We’re hoping that the catalogue raisonné and this call for Jacobson pieces will help us to locate many of the important works that are not in public museums. Including those paintings in the exhibition and accompanying catalog will contribute significantly to the study of Jacobson’s career.”

 

Read more here.

 

 

 

Contact Mark White, Eugene B. Adkins and Chief Curator, at maw@ou.edu or (405) 325-3450 if you have any works or other information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide 1:

Oscar Brousse Jacobson

U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966

Hidden Treasures, 1952

Oil on canvas

20 1/8 x 26 in.

Gift of Dr. James D. and Virginia Self Brashear, 2012

 

Slide 3:

Oscar Brousse Jacobson

U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966

Mountain Cabin, 1951

Oil on canvas

20 x 26 in.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Bridges

 

Slide 5:

Oscar Brousse Jacobson

U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966

Serene Heights, 1951

Oil on canvas

22 1/4 x 28 in.

Gift of Eleonore Gunning

 

Slide 2:

Oscar Brousse Jacobson

U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966

Jeanne, 1943

Oil on canvas

22 x 28 in.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Bridges

 

Slide 4:

Oscar Brousse Jacobson

U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966

Lake Topaz, 1946

Oil on canvas

20 x 26 in.

Acquisition