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 Martha (Patt) Mott  (1906 - 1983)

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Lived/Active: California/New Hampshire/Massachusetts      Known for: mythology, fantasy nature and figure images and portrait painting

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Martha Mott Davis Brandt-Erickson is primarily known as Martha (Patt) Mott

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Martha Brandt-Erichsen painted under the name Martha Mott. She was born Martha Mott Davis in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She received her formal art training at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Student's League in New York and the British Academy in Rome, Italy.

Martha was first married to composer Alan Hovhaness. She later divorced, and taught art in Buffalo New York. In 1945 she married Viggo Axel Brandt-Erichsen, an artist from Denmark.  They lived in Jaffrey New Hampshire until 1949, when they moved to Solvang, California. 

In Solvang Martha painted and taught art classes.  Upon her death in 1983 she donated her house to become the Elverhoj Museum.  Except for pieces in private collections, most of her work is displayed there.  Her work contains human and nature themes.

Submitted by Scott-Brandt Erichsen, grandson of the artist.

Biography from Elverhoj Museum:
In Solvang, California, the Elverhøj Museum is the former residence of the dream home of Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and his wife, Martha Mott. In 1950 the Brandt-Erichsens began building their home in the style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Jutland in northern Denmark. They incorporated many elements of Scandinavian architecture. Ornamental wrought ironwork, a carved redwood main entry door, and hand-painted panels are a few of the permanent imprints of this remarkable family. After extensive renovation in 1987, the Elverhøj Museum opened to the public in May of 1988. Today Elverhøj is one of the few museums outside of Denmark devoted to the Danish culture and the Danish-American experience.

The name "Elverhøj" is pronounced "Elverhoy" (as spelled in its English version). It was taken from Denmark's most famous folk play, "Elverhøj," written in 1828. The play is still performed today. Translated as "elves on a hill," the story involves a kings's visit to the night world of the dancing female wood-spirits and her forest friends. Elverhøj was first performed in Solvang in 1914.

The graphic depiction of Elverhøj was designed by Viggo Brandt-Erichsen. The artwork was used as a pattern to create the redwood carving on the front door of the Museum and now has become the logotype for the Museum (seen at the upper left of each web page).

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