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Carl Oscar Borg

Navajos On March Pass
4 X 8- 1/2 Inches
Signed Lower Right

Carl Oscar Borg was born on 1879 in Dais-Grinstad, Sweden , he had talent in an earley age . In 1903, he arrived in San Francisco & made california his home. He studied in Rome & Paris perfecting his skill. Borg painted and etched images of Hopi and the Navajo in the vast landscape of the southwest , the subjects of his work include cowboys as well as California Scenes .Carl Oscar Borg achieved success as an artist both in America & Sweden , he taught at The California Art Institute in Los Angeles as well as The School of Arts in Santa Barbara. Sponsored by Phoebe Hearst, mother of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, Borg studied art in Paris and Rome, and with Hearst's encouragement, also painted Indian portraits. He then taught at the California Art Institute in Los Angeles, spent six months in Honduras, and from 1918-24, was an instructor at the School of Arts in Santa Barbara. From 1924-1935, he was in California and Arizona doing commissioned paintings of Southwest Indian tribal ceremonies for Hearst and also did Grand Canyon landscapes. He traveled in the country when war broke out and was forced to spend World War II in Sweden where his desert and Indian portraits became much sought after. In the annals of American art history, Carl Oscar Borg belongs to the group of artists including Joseph Sharp, E. Martin Hennings, Walter Ufer, Victor Higgins, and Oscar Berninghaus. Borg belongs also to the group of American artists who came to California at the turn of the century to record the California landscape---artists like Marion and Elmer Wachtel, Hanson Puthuff, and William Wendt who taught him painting techniques. Borg's works are included in many major museum, university, and private collection throughout the United States. Borg succeeded in preserving America's cultural heritage by documenting the customs and religious ceremonies of the Native Americans that had been shared with him. He felt a kinship with the West and the people who introduced him to it. He used paint, canvas and brushes to express the unique qualities he found in New Mexico, Arizona and California. He captured the grandeur of this unusual scenery, which is emphasized by atmosphere, light, color and expanse.

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