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 David Ericson  (1869/70 - 1946)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York/Minnesota / England/Sweden      Known for: sea-landscape, genre and portrait painting

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BIOGRAPHY for David Ericson
1869/70 (Motala, Sweden)
1946 (Duluth, Minnesota)

Massachusetts/New York/Minnesota / England/Sweden

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
(Axel) David Eriksson   (1869/70 – 1946)

The painter David Eriksson was born in Motala, in Ostergotland, immigrating with his parents to Duluth in 1873.  He left in 1887 to study at the Art Students League in New York, working under the American landscape and portrait painter William Merritt Chase. 

In 1900 he moved to England to study with James McNeill Whistler, afterwards establishing studios in Paris, New York, and Provincetown during the 1920’s through the 1940’s. 

He returned to Duluth in 1946 where he taught at the Duluth Art Institute.  His paintings are in the collections of the Tweed Museum, Duluth, and the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis. 

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher, East Lansing, Michigan

Mary Towley Swanson.  Tangled Web: Swedish Immigrant Artists’ Patronage Systems, 1880-1940.  2004.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
David Ericson was a student of William Merritt Chase and Kenyon Cox at the Art Students League in New York. He also lived and painted in Paris, France, for a period of time and studied under James McNeil Whistler and Rene Francois Xavier Prinet.

David Ericson was a member of the Provincetown Art Association.

His honors include: Gold Medal, Paris; Silver Medal, St Louis World's Fair; Honorable Mention, Carnegie Institute, International Expo; 1904 1st prize, Minnesota Art Expo, St Paul; 1911 La Cross Art Assoc; and Commercial Club, Duluth.

He taught in Duluth, Minnesota and Buffalo, New York. The Tweed Museum in Duluth has the most extensive collection of David Ericson's work.

He died in Duluth, Minnesota on December 16, 1946.

Submitted as a bulletin January 2004 by: Bob Higgins

Biography from Vern Carver & Beard Art Galleries:
David Ericson was born in Sweden on April 15,1869 or 1870.  At the age of four, Ericson emigrated to Duluth, Minnesota.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Ericson first became noted for winning a painting prize at the Minnesota State Fair in 1885.  Two years later, he went to New York City to study at the Art Students League.  In 1900 he traveled to Paris, where he studied with James McNeill Whistler.

He returned to Duluth in 1902, but spent much of his career abroad.  Many of his works reflect his ties the scenery of Northern and the Eastern United States as well as the travel highlights of Europe.

Ericson's work is part of the collections of the Duluth Art Association, the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Historical Society and numerous private collections.

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