Birger Sandzen

1871-1954, Lindsborg, KS

"Rocky Coast (Rockport, Mass)," 1948

Watercolor on paper under glass
Signed lower left: Birger Sandzen; signed again, titled and dated on the original board affixed to the frame's backing paper
Sight: 8.5" H x 11.125" W; Paper: 9" H x 12" W

  • Provenance: John Moran Auctioneers, Pasadena, CA, February 15, 2005, Lot 136A
  • Notes: Born in Blidsberg, Sweden in 1871, Birger Sandzén studied art in Stockholm and Paris before emigrating to the United States at the age of twenty-three. After moving to Lindsborg, Kansas in 1894, Sandzén became a professor of language, music, and art at Bethany College. In 1899, Sandzén was appointed to principal art teacher and head of the Art Department, which was a position he maintained until his retirement in 1946. Artistically, Sandzén was a prolific oil painter, an accomplished watercolorist and draughtsman, and an occasional printmaker. During his time in Paris, Sandzén studied under Aman-Jean, an artist who once shared a studio with Georges Seurat, who was responsible for introducing him to Pointillism and the broader Impressionist movement. Although Sandzén's work has often been described in relation to the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, the artist was known to chuckle at this comparison since he did not see his first painting by Van Gogh until 1924. Across his many travels, Sandzén captured the fleeting beauty of nature with a vibrant palette and wistful brush. The following watercolor was painted during the artist's time in Rockport, Massachusetts in an area now known as Halibut Point State Park. This oceanside parcel of land was once a granite quarry, and is known today for seaside views bounding across several states.
  • Condition: Generally good condition. The paper is toned througout. Red letters in marker "MSG" measuring 2.75" H x .75" W are drawn to the lower left verso. Marking is faintly visible from the recto. Paper watermark is visible in the lower right edge. Hinged in the upper right and left corners with a paper tape on top of an older hinging tape.

    Frame: 21.5" H x 24.5" W x 1.75" D

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