Art Abstracts: Birger Sandzén

Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? It’s Birger Sandzén’s Western Kansas.

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Swedish émigré Birger Sandzén taught at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.  He was a frequent visitor to Taos and Santa Fe, and in 1922, he was made an associate member of the Taos Society of Artists.   

Primarily known for his landscapes, Sandzén was great admirer of Modern French art.  Western Kansas typifies Sandzén’s style: the controlled, constructive brushstrokes pay homage to Paul Cézanne, while the brilliant expressionistic color veers to the nonnaturalistic and shows the influence of Vincent van Gogh and the Fauves.

See one of Sandzén’s works on display in the Jacobson exhibit–you can easily see the impact his art had on Jacobson’s style.

So why is it relevant this week? Because the FJJMA staff is playing hooky today and taking a road trip to Lindsborg to see Sandzén’s gallery in person!


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