Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Sven Birger Sandzen (1871-1954)
Sven Birger Sandzen was born in Bildsberg, Sweden in 1871 and died in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1954. Birger was the son of a Lutheran minister and received all of his art education in Europe. He was an 1890 graduate of the College of Skara in Sweden with further study at the University of Lund. The pupil of A. Zorn and R. Bergh, he studied painting at the art school of Stockholm's Artists' League, then with Aman-Jean in Paris. He emigrated to Kansas in 1894, to teach aesthetics and painting at Bethany College as professor until 1945 and thereafter as professor emeritus. He accumulated a collection of five hundred of his own western paintings and drawings. He first painted in the Colorado Springs area about 1916, teaching at Broadmoor from 1923 to 1924. He also taught at Denver and at Utah State College. Sandzen was primarily a landscape painter specializing in Rocky Mountain scenes. His style was after Van Gogh, with masses of paint and impressionist palette. Sandzen was also a frequent visitor to Santa Fe and Taos, beginnning in 1918. In 1922, he exhibited with the Taos Society of Artists in New York City, along side the New Mexico painting giants of the day.
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"Wind Whipped Pines"
(Stone Lithograph)

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