Odin Oyen Unsigned Church Design Sketch (pencil/watercolor)


Odin Oyen Unsigned Church Design Sketch (pencil/watercolor)

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Odin Oyen Unsigned Church Design Sketch (pencil/watercolor):
$100


I'm happy to ship the painting using any locally available service (USPS, UPS, Fedex, Spee-Dee (upper midwest regional shipper)) but the buyer will be responsible for paying that expense. Having the local UPS store create a box and ship it using Spee-Dee or UPS seem to be the best shipping options.This is an unsigned Odin Oyen church design drawing with some condition problems. The design details in the painting are nice but, as the scan of the painting shows, there are some smudges on the painting. Please look at the linked version of the painting at the bottom of this listing to examine the painting closer. It is not known for which church this painting may have been made.Odin Oyen was a prominent painter and interior designer in the upper midwest United States in the first quarter of the 20th Century. From a description of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Odin Oyen Collection (300+ items held in the Special Collections Room of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse's Murphy Library:) "

Interior designer Odin J. Oyen was born in Trondjem, Norway on May 21, 1865. After immigrating to the United States in 1870 the Oyen family settled in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1872. There, Oyen was apprenticed to a Madison artist, a Mr. Nelson, at the age of fourteen. In 1883 he enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago and upon graduation settled in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1888 Oyen joined Nelson's son Louis to form Nelson & Oyen. This association dissolved in 1890. In 1891 Oyen was joined in La Crosse by his father, Lars, a gilder and molder, and by his brother, Louis, who was also an artisan. In the following year Oyen formed a new business, Odin J. Oyen, and employed his father and brother as artists. In 1902 Oyen bought a sign and bill posting company which he renamed the Oyen-Ad Sign System.

During its heyday (1902-1917) the Oyen firm was in demand across the upper Midwest, employing between fifteen and twenty-five artisans. Among them was Joseph Erickson, a Norwegian artist who became Oyen's first full-time artist/designer in 1895. Oyen's most significant artisan was Axel Edward Soderberg, who worked with the firm until his death in 1922.

Oyen specialized in buildings such as churches, hotels and clubs, hospitals, libraries, courthouses, schools, theaters, and breweries. The firm is perhaps best known for the murals and paintings its artists produced for such buildings. Among Oyen's best known works are public libraries in La Crosse and Mankato, Minnesota; courthouses in La Crosse, Aberdeen (South Dakota), and Sibley (Iowa); and numerous theaters for the Finkelstein and Rubin chain. Oyen's work could also be found in banks and churches from Illinois to Montana. Oyen worked in association with many architects throughout the Midwest, most notably the firms of Schick and Roth and Segelke and Kohlhaus. Oyen's extensive knowledge of American artists such as Charles Russell and Frederick Remington, meant that he was able to provide his clients with design from an array of artistic styles.

Although he executed residential designs and sold interior furnishings at his retail store, Oyen did not concentrate on this aspect of the business until a post-World War I strike in La Crosse affected the completion of his national contracts. Afterward Oyen concentrated on residential work, particularly in the La Crosse area. Examples of his residential work could be found in the homes of Charles Ringling, Henry Gund, S.U. Pinney, and Edward Bartl.

In 1896 Odin Oyen married Emma Nelson, a Madison school teacher. They had two sons, Leighton (b. 1897) and Harold (b. 1900), both of whom eventually joined the family firm, Leighton as an artisan and Harold as a salesman. Odin Oyen died in July, 1926, preceded by his father (d. 1897) and his younger son, Harold (d. 1925). After Odin Oyen's death the firm continued under the management of Louis and Leighton Oyen until Louis' death in 1931. The firm then continued under Leighton's management, but the Great Depression, coupled with changing tastes in interior decoration, caused the business to fold a few years later.

Many of Oyen's designs ended up being incorporated in buildings which were later added to National and State Historic Registries, while many of his best works were lost when the buildings they were in were torn down.
In 2018, La Crosse, WI attorney Nicholas Passe acquired approximately 120 drawings and paintings from Oyen and the Odin Oyen Studios. He took these items to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse's Murphy Library, where they were accepted for purposes of scanning so that images of the works could be preserved for posterity alongside the Wisconsin State Historical Society Collection. In April 2019 the Wisconsin State Historic Society gave permission to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse's Murphy Library to digitize their Oyen collection. Efforts are underway to locate additional Oyen art from private collections for digitization. An article about this collaboration can be found at: painting is the sixty-second of the Passe collection to be offered for sale. The painting can be viewed in greater detail

Odin Oyen Unsigned Church Design Sketch (pencil/watercolor):
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