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Birger Sandzen Paintings Coming to Swedish American Museum

 A 1917 painting by Birger Sandzen, "Sunset in the Mountains."
A 1917 painting by Birger Sandzen, "Sunset in the Mountains."
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Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery

ANDERSONVILLE — The Swedish American Museum is unveiling a new exhibit later this month featuring the works of Swedish artist Birger Sandzén, famous for oil paintings of nature and landscapes.

The exhibit opens June 19 at the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark St. and closes on Sept. 7, according to the museum.

Sandzén died in 1954.

“Known for strong, colorful brushstrokes and thick textures, his work has been described as post-Impressionist, expressionist and fauvist,” the museum said. “In addition to oil painting, he was a watercolorist and a talented printmaker in woodcuts and linocuts.”

In a news release, the museum said his landscapes “have become acclaimed far beyond the collection at the Kansas school where he taught,” Bethany College in Lindsborg, Ks. Central Kansas’ Smoky Hill River Valley inspired many of his paintings, as well as the Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

The artist was born in Sweden in 1871 and studied under masters in Sweden and Paris before coming to teach art and languages at Bethany, where he retired in 1946 as the head of the art department.

His legacy includes more than 3,000 paintings, 207 lithographs and more than 80 sketchbooks, according to the museum.

For more information about the artist and the Swedish American Museum exhibit, click here.

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