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Artwork of the Week: House in Winter

House in Winter
Florence Frandsen (1908-2000), 'House in Winter,' no date, woodcut, 6 ½ x 6 9/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

Florence Frandsen was born on December 24, 1908, in Moroni, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University, where she studied art under the direction of B.F. Larsen and Calvin Fletcher. After earning her bachelor's degree and a master's degree, Frandsen taught at several local Utah High Schools. She was a talented watercolorist and an oil painter; however, she was equally proficient as a woodblock printer.

One can almost hear the pre-dawn quiet of this wintery scene. The heavy snow blanketing this two-story pioneer home creates a cozy layer of protective insulation for the inhabitants snoozing within. Snow-covered trees with branches too weighed down to shiver in a passing breeze become silent statues. The only movement of such a peaceful scene is the passage of time being documented by the swirling stars in the black sky above.

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