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Wild Horse Creek
  • Birger Sandzén
    born: Blidsberg, Sweden ; died: Lindsborg, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • Wild Horse Creek, 1948
  • Where object was made: Graham County, Kansas, United States
  • watercolor
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 52.1 x 67.3 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 20 1/2 x 26 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Berkley
  • Not on display
  • 1991.0092
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"A Kansas Arts Sampler," Oct-2004, Kate Meyer
Sandzén moved from Blidsorg, Sweden to “Little Sweden” in 1894 where he began teaching at Bethany College in Lindsborg. Once in Kansas, the artist adapted his training in post-impressionism to the shimmering cottonwoods and meandering creeks that populated his new surroundings. Today, a Sandzén print or oil is still as likely to be found on the walls of a Kansas public school as a museum and his legacy perseveres as one of the driving forces in the arts for the state.

Archive Label 1999:
Sandzén, believing that nature's hues were stronger than anything on the artist's palette, claimed: "There can be no danger of exaggerating nature's color." During the sixty years he spent in Lindsborg, Kansas, Sandzén was always thrilled with the brilliant yellows and reds along the creeks. It was his custom to sketch out of doors and then finish his creations in his studio. The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg today maintains an extensive collection of his paintings and prints.