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 Carl Folke Sahlin  (1884 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: Florida / Sweden      Known for: abstract genre, figure

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BIOGRAPHY for Carl Sahlin
1884 (Stockholm, Sweden)

Florida / Sweden

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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Carl Folke Sahlin (from artist supplied vita and obituary from the Miami Herald)

Born : Stockholm Sweden 1885

Education : Art Students League

Member : American Watercolor Society; Past President of Miami Art League

Exhibits : (solo) Corcoran Galleries; Smithsonian Art Institute; Gallerie Moderne; Swedish History Museum; West Bend and Racine Museums

"Internationally known Swedish born artist Carl Folke Sahlin, who circled the globe for decades, capturing adventure, travel and history on his colorful canvases died Sunday in Miami of injuries suffered when he accidently scalded himself in his bathtub." (Obituary)

Sahlin, who once treked to Latin America to paint the natives and found himself in the middle of a revolution, which he also painted.

Sahlin, who spoke five languages fluently, migrated to this country at 19, became a commercial artist and then retired young after operating Stone Wright and Vogue Write Studios in New York and Chicago. It was then that his serious travel and art work began

A collection of his paintings belong to the Smithsonian Institution of Art in Washington, D.C.

His artistic specialty was pinpointing - in watercolors and oils - the costumes and customs of the world's peoples. Enthralled with the Indians of the Western Hemisphere, he crossed the Andes dozens of times. The world soon became his domain as his interests expanded to Africa, Japan, Dutch Guiana an deven the snake charmers of Marrakesh, Morocco. His round the world travels also produced paintings of Australia and the people of the Pacific Islands.

At age 88 he was still exploring the world, painting what he found, but he always came home to Miami.

"Travel", he told an interviewer, "is the most potent medicine in the world. When you're traveling you throw off old burdens, nagging worries. You look into other people's lives, you see marvelous landscapes and buildings. Maybe it's the secret of a long life!"

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