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    Sale 2072

    California, Western and American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    29 October 2008, Beverly Hills

  • Lot 71

    Birger Sandzén (1871-1954)

    Mountain Village, Georgetown, Colorado

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    Birger Sandzén (1871-1954)
    Mountain Village, Georgetown, Colorado
    signed 'Birger Sandzén' (lower left)--signed again, inscribed with title and 'Lindsborg, Kansas' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    29 x 32 in. (73.7 x 81.3 cm.)

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    In 1920, an art critic from the Washington Star offered the following commentary on Birger Sandzén's work: "The colors used are rather vivid but they are superb and the work has the bigness of the country represented...Furthermore, the colors, while vivid, are perfectly attuned and their values are nicely related. The effects, while startling, are intensely significant and the illusion of light and atmosphere is admirably set forth.

    The kind of simplification that one finds in these canvases is what the modernists have apparently sought but have, to the present time, secured only clumsily. It is the simplification of nature with a broad vision. It is founded on tradition and it has the basic qualities common with all great art...It is modern. It is contemporary. It is essentially American. It breathes the spirit of the West and it opens new vision. Here is a painter who is worth remembering and whose experimentation must be regarded with utmost respect." (as quoted in E. Lindquist, Birger Sandzén: An Illustrated Biography, Lawrence, Kansas, 1993, p. 81)

    The present work was most likely painted in 1940 and hung in the artist's home.


    By descent in the family of the artist.
    Acquired by the family of the present owner from the above, 1974.