Swedish-American Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Swedish-American Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Colors of the West: The Paintings of Birger Sandzén; with article by Christine Giles (5/14/10)

Geology and the Art of Birger Sandzén; essay by James Welsh and Donald Myers (12/15/09)

Swedish-American Works from the Hillstrom Collection (12/14/09)

Art, Nature, and Philosophy: the Aesthetic, Ethic, and Legacy of Kent Ullberg, essay by David J. Wagner (4/24/09)

Drawn from Life: The Art of George Carlson; essay by James H. Nottage (3/28/08)

In the Beginning: The Decorated Furniture of Ralph and Martha Cahoon; with essay by Barnes Riznik (8/11/04)

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Martha Cahoon, including essay by Cindy Nickerson (6/1/01)

Claes Oldenburg: Prints and Multiples (10/23/99)



(above: Entrance, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: John Hazeltine. © 2012 John Hazeltine)




TFAO references:

As of 10/31/12 TFAO Digital Library contained 78 pages with the word "Swedish."


From other websites:

The website of the Swedish Council of America as of 2013 has a page containing links to dozens of arts and crafts articles plus book reviews from Sweden in America in pdf format. Categories include: "Cartoons & Comics," "Ceramics," "Decorative Arts," " Fabric Arts," "Folk Art," "Glass," "Knives," "Painting and Drawing," "Photography," "Sculpture" and "Woodworking." Many of the articles concern Swedish-American artists. Accessed August, 2015.

Art Institute of Chicago offers online selected older catalogues linked to their exhibition history, including from 1920 "Paintings by American Painters of Swedish Descent," Nov. 16-Nov. 30, 1920. Accessed August, 2015.

Eva Stina Bender's Swedish Sojourns, an exhibit held April 3 - May 15, 2010 at the Demuth Museum. Accessed August, 2015.



Institutions with a focus on Swedish-American Art:


Notable Swedish-American artists:

Dewey Albinson
Carl Oscar Borg
John F. Carlson
David Ericson
Frederick Trap Friis
Knute Heldner
Gustaf Hesselius
Karl Larsson
Henry Mattson
Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt
Claes Oldenburg
Birger Sandzén
Carl Sprinchorn
Kent Ullberg
Phillip von Saltza
Adolph Ulrich Wertmuller
Gunnar Widforss


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