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Olof Krans

 (1838 - 1916)
Olof Krans was active/lived in Illinois / Sweden.  Olof Krans is known for naive genre, portrait, figure painting.

Biography   Olof Krans

Born Olof Olson in Silja, Sweden in 1838, in 1850, Olaf Krans came to Bishop Hill, a communal society in central Illinois of Swedish religious dissenters.  He worked as a farm hand and blacksmith.  The community floundered on religious and political differences, and he took the name of Krans joining the Civil War as a Union soldier.

He returned to Illinois as a photographer, house and stage-set painter and settled in Galva, setting up his studio in the basement of the Olson Block in Galva.  In the 1890s, he became a genre and portrait painter, and from 1896 to 1911, he did a documentary series on the Bishop Hill community, based on early photographs.  He presented these works to the community for its 50th anniver   ...  Displaying 750 of 797 characters.

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