Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? It’s Oscar Jacobson’s Lower Rock Creek, Colorado.
Few Oklahoma artists were as influential as Oscar Jacobson. Born in Westervik, Sweden, his family relocated to Lindsborg, Kansas in 1890. Jacobson studied art at nearby Bethany College with another Swedish immigrant, Birger Sandzen, and then attended Yale University for graduate study. He accepted a position as the art professor at the University of Oklahoma in 1915, and over the next four decades, he oversaw the dramatic expansion of faculty and the beginning of the art museum.
Jacobson painted for much of his life, and he had a particular affinity for landscapes of the American Southwest. He began visiting New Mexico and Arizona regularly in 1915, but he found his greatest inspiration in the Colorado Rockies. The family built a cabin near Allenspark in 1935 and summered there nearly every year thereafter. Jacobson made a short, but vigorous hike from his cabin along the Rock Creek Trail to the scene depicted in Lower Rock Creek, Colorado. The rough terrain of the surroundings clearly informed Jacobson’s angular handling of the foliage and rocks in the painting.
An exhibition celebrating Jacobson’s work is currently on display at the the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Stop by and see his work on display until September 6!