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Vivid Expanses: The Landscapes of Sandzén

Date: June 30, 2018 to August 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
Venue: The Coutts Museum of Art - 110 N. Main, El Dorado

The Event:

El Dorado, KS, Friday, June 30 through August 31, 2018 – If you haven’t seen the magnificent landscapes of Birger Sandzén in real life, you haven’t really seen a Sandzén! If you have, you will surely want to see one again! The Coutts Museum of Art (CMA) is excited to be hosting Vivid Expanses: The Landscapes of Sandzén with pieces on loan from the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, KS. Vivid Expanses will consist of over 30 Sandzén paintings, focused heavily on his oil paintings and spiced with a few watercolors. The works on display will cover “the whole range of Sandzén's career, from a Swedish scene done the year he arrived in Kansas (September 1894) to one of his last views of the local Smoky Hill River,” says Cori Sherman North, Curator of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, who is selecting the pieces to be brought to CMA. In fact, the exhibit will include the last painting Sandzén completed before his death, on loan for the very first time! Sandzén is well known for his expansive landscapes and his unique style of impasto, which developed over his years as an artist. Impasto is a painting method where the artist uses a palette knife or similar object to spread large amounts of paint onto the canvas, which leaves the painting with a thick layer of textured paint. From some distance away, Sandzén’s paintings look photographic, except that the trees are alive, the rocks glow, and the water shimmers. Only stepping closer do you discover that it is made up of large smears of thickly applied paint. Birger Sandzén was born in Sweden in 1871. He moved to Lindsborg to teach at Lindsborg College in 1894 after studying art in Stockholm and Paris. Throughout his time teaching and after he retired as Professor Emeritus, he was a prolific painter and printmaker until his death in 1954. During his lifetime he completed in excess of 2600 oil paintings and 500 watercolors. He created 207 lithographs, 94 block prints and 27 drypoints, which when the editions are totaled, amount to over 33,000 prints. The Coutts Museum of Art hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday Noon-4:00 pm. For more information about this exhibit, other exhibits, and our line-up of programs, see our Facebook page, website, or give us a call at 316-321-1212.
110 N. Main St.
For more information contact Timothy L Howard
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