Birger Sandzen (1871 – 1954)
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Born in Sweden, Swedish-American landscape artist Birger Sandzen showed an interest in art at an early age. He is a graduate of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts and also later studied at the University of Lund before his move to Stockholm. In 1894, Sandzen moved to America and settled in Lindsborg, Kansas where he accepted a teaching position at Bethany College. While living in Kansas, Sandzen showed a great liking to the Smoky Hill River Valley area of Kansas and used this scenery as a subject matter for most of his paintings. Sandzen’s paintings feature many landscapes of the American southwest. Many of his works are in oil, but he is also a skilled watercolorist as well as a printmaker. Some of his work has been compared to Vincent van Gogh. Sandzen’s work can be seen at the Denver Art Museum, Goteborg Art Gallery in Sweden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, and many more.