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Lydia Sohlberg Deere

 (1873 - 1943)
Lydia Sohlberg Deere was active/lived in Kansas, Minnesota.  Lydia Deere is known for landscape and floral still life painting, teaching.

Lydia Sohlberg Deere

Biography from the Archives of askART

Born in Holmes City, Minnesota on August 22, 1873 and died in Lindsborg, Kansas, July, 1943, Lydia Deere was a teacher and a painter who specialized in landscapes and floral still lifes.

Her family moved to McPherson, Kansas in 1880, and she earned a BA from McPherson College.   She moved to Lindsborg and opened a millinery store and then was principal and teacher at the Lane Hart Women's Dormitory in 1907.

She married Professor Emil O. Deere of Lindsborg and earned a BFA from Bethany College in 1923.  She was employed as an instructor in art at Bethany College, Lindsborg, 1924-31.

1st Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition, 1925; 15th McPherson Exhibition (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) 1925; 4th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition, 1928; 39th Annual Art Exhibition held with the Messiah, Lindsborg 1937.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Topeka Cap & Topeka J (Topeka Capital, Topeka J (aka Topeka J) newspapers—usually reports of the Kansas Artists Exhibition 1st= Topeka Cap Nov. 11, 1925 9th= Topeka J Nov. 11, 1933 2nd= Topeka Cap Nov. 10, 1926 10th= Topeka J Nov. 10, 1934 3rd= Topeka J Nov. 19, 1927 11th= Topeka J Jan. 7, 1936 4th= Topeka J Nov. 3, 1928 12th= Topeka J Nov. 11 & 14, 1936 5th= Topeka J Nov. 2, 1929 14th= Topeka J Jan. 22, 1938 6th= Topeka J Oct. 18 & Nov. 1, 1930 15th= Topeka J Mar. 10, 1939 7th= Topeka J Oct. 24, 1931 16th= Topeka J Feb. 2 & 10, 1940 8th= Topeka J Oct. 22, 1932 17th= Topeka J Mar. 8 & 17, 1941) (November 11, 1925); Sandzén archives; 100 Years of Art

This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery
Lydia Sohlberg Deere

Lydia Sohlberg Deere, was an art student under Birger Sandzén at Bethany College. She took classes from Dr. Sandzén from the fall of 1922 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the spring of 1923. She subsequently studied with him in 1929.

Lydia was born August 22, 1873 at Holmes City, Douglas County, Minnesota. She was the youngest of eight children born to Anders Gustaf and Ingrid Anderson Sohlberg, Swedish-American pioneers, who came to America in 1854 on their honeymoon.

Lydia's elementary school training was in her father's home where she, her brothers, sisters and some neighbor children were taught by a bachelor who lived in the house.
In 1880 the family moved to McPherson, Kansas. Mrs. Deere received a B.A. degree from McPherson College. She moved to Lindsborg and opened a millinery shop on Main Street. In 1907 she was the Lady Principal of Lane Hart Women's Dormitory at Bethany. She also taught classes in handwork and embroidery at the College.
On August 7, 1916, she was married to Professor Emil O. Deere of Lindsborg in San Jose, California.

Local landscapes and floral still-lifes were the subjects of her paintings in watercolors and oils. Lindsborg, the Blue Valley in Kansas, and frequent trips by train to California provided subject matter for her art. Trips with her husband to the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Teton areas were another source of subject matter for her painting.

From time to time Lydia showed her art in Wichita and Topeka but most often locally. She died in her home at North First Street in July of 1943.

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About  Lydia Sohlberg Deere

Born:  1873 - Holmes City, Minnesota
Died:   1943 - Lindsborg, Kansas
Known for:  landscape and floral still life painting, teaching