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 Fritiof Colling  (1863 - 1944)

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Lived/Active: Minnesota / Sweden      Known for: house portrait and farmstead scene painting, essayist

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Fritiof Colling (Fritiof Gabriel Carlson)   (1863 – 1944)

Fritiof Colling changed his name shortly after immigrating to Minneapolis in 1880 from Kollinge in Smaland.  Primarily self-trained, the artist financed eight trips back to Sweden between 1885 and 1902 by advertising that he painted childhood homes of Minnesota’s Swedish immigrants for five dollars per image, the Minnesota version of the Swedish farmstead painters. 

He wrote humorous essays in Mister Colesons Sverigeresor (1896, 1908); Der Igen (1899), and I Sverige och Amerika  (1906).  Re-immigrating to Sweden in 1904, he edited the Hjo Tidning.

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

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

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