Jan. 29—LINDSBORG — Birger Sandzén left his mark on Lindsborg. Not solely is town’s artwork gallery named after him, however one among his works stays on public show on the Lindsborg submit workplace.
This yr, the Sandzén Memorial Gallery will have fun Sandzén’s a hundred and fiftieth birthday with an exhibition of his work and the publication of a brand new ebook.
The submit workplace comprises a Part of High quality Arts mural titled “Smoky River,” painted by Sandzén in 1938.
Smoky River was painted near Lindsborg, with the model that he was well-known for with robust brush strokes. On the time this work was accomplished, Sandzén was 67 years outdated.
Throughout the Nice Despair, public artwork in federal buildings, together with submit places of work, was created by artists employed by the US authorities. In a single federal program, 1,400 submit workplace murals have been created in additional than 1,300 cities and cities.
The present Lindsborg Put up Workplace was inbuilt 1938 within the Classical Revival model and was added to the Nationwide Historic Register in 1989. Sandzén’s mural, titled Smoky River, is within the foyer. Sandzén was paid $390 to color this huge mural in 1938. Sandzén additionally painted murals within the Belleville (1939) and Halstead (1941), Kansas submit places of work.
The Sandzén Memorial Gallery, 401 N. First St., is planning a particular complete exhibition of works by Sandzén that was set to open Jan. 17. The exhibition, Sandzén at 150: Celebrating the Imaginative and prescient, commemorates the artist’s start on Feb. 5, 1871, in Sweden and can showcase works from the Gallery’s everlasting assortment.
“Sandzén is a crucial Kanas artist, as a result of he is among the early pioneering artists within the state. He came to visit to America in 1894 when he was 23 to show at Bethany,” stated Ron Michael, director of The Sandzen Memorial Gallery. “He had artwork coaching in Stockholm, Sweden and in addition a short while in Paris. He came to visit right here and actually revolutionized Kansas artwork, he was a fantastic promotor of the humanities, he was a really energetic artist, and in addition taught full time at Bethany. He not solely taught artwork however he additionally taught a number of the romance languages. We determined in honor of his a hundred and fiftieth birthday we might attempt to carry up as a lot of his works as we may, particularly work.”
The exhibit options over 200 oil work and some watercolors that date again to 1880, with the most recent one from 1880.
“They’re displayed in a chronological vogue, so views can see how his model did change,” Michael stated.
A ebook, “Birger Sandzén, Celebrating the Imaginative and prescient,” by Curator Cori Sherman North has been printed to accompany the exhibition. Sandzén was born in Sweden and studied artwork in Stockholm and Paris previous to emigrating to Lindsborg in 1894 so he may educate at Bethany School. He remained there for the rest of his profession, retiring in 1946.
All through this era, and after he retired, he was a painter and printmaker till his demise in 1954.
Based on the gallery, throughout his lifetime he accomplished greater than of two,600 oil work and 500 watercolors. He created 207 lithographs, 94 block prints and 27 drypoints — which when the editions are totaled quantity to over 33,000 prints. As well as, he was a draftsman, filling over 80 sketchbooks.
The exhibition is underwritten by the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Belief and can proceed by way of March 7.
“Sandzén at 150: Celebrating the Imaginative and prescient” exhibit
The place: Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, 401 N. First St. in Lindsborg
When: Jan. 17-March 7; open 10 a.m to five p.m. Tuesday by way of Saturday, and 1 p.m. to five p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
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