Charles William Bolsius (full birth name: Carolus Godefridus Wihelmus Marianus Bolsius) was born June 26, 1907 in the southern Bois-le-Duc region of the Netherlands. His studies in art culminated at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. His early work was characterized by dark somber tones with a focus on austere terrain.
In 1930, Bolsius traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico via Los Angeles to visit family. Within a year he was living in rural New Mexico, drawing and painting the great American Southwestern landscape. He exhibited in Santa Fe in 1934; later that year, moving to Tucson, Arizona. With his brother and sister-in-law, he purchased the ruins of a Post Traders Store outside t
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