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Birger Sandzen

Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), born in Blidsberg, Sweden, was a painter and printmaker. He studied art in Stockholm with Anders Zorn and Richard Berg. In 1894, he went to America to teach at Bethany College, where he remained until his retirement in 1946. His work from 1911 to 1913 explored color and light associated with pointillism. His paintings throughout his lifetime present pure colors that blend together from a distance.  His life in America led to the development of early modern, expressionist style of paintings. Throughout his career, he created a vast amount of work including over 2,600 oil paintings, 500 watercolors, 270 lithographs, 94 block prints, and 27 drypoints. He exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Sweden.

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