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 Carl Emil Zoir  (1867 - 1936)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Massachusetts / Sweden      Known for: landscape, marine, and religious painting, teaching, etching

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Carl Emil Zoir   (1861 – 1936)

Born in Gothenburg, Zoir studied at the technical school there before he immigrated to America in 1880.  A pupil at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he left in 1890 to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts until 1894.  He returned to America for a few years, then left to travel and paint in France, Italy and Germany, settling in Sweden in 1907. 

He returned to Chicago in the early 1930’s to teach at the Wilmette School of Modern Art in Chicago and to paint an altarpiece for Albany Park Lutheran Church in Chicago.  He resettled in Gothenburg in 1907 but continued to travel.  The artist died there in 1936.

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

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

Biography from Luther College:

Carl Emil Zoir was born October 28, 1861, in Göteborg (Gothenberg) Sweden and died April 11, 1936, in the same city.  He was a painter, drawer, and graphic artist.  His parents were Johannes Karlson, a carpenter, and Johanna Andersson.  He was married in 1894 to the artist Hildegard Zoir, nee Rygård.

Following his studies at the Technical School in his hometown, where he studied until 1880, Zoir pursued for many years a very cosmopolitan existence.  In the early 1880's he spent time first in England, then in America, where he studied for several years at the Institute of Fine Arts in Boston.  He then studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1890-94), after which he again traveled to the USA (1894-95).  After that he lived in Paris for two years, but continued to travel, spending time in France, Italy, Germany and other countries, also intermittently visiting his home country.  In 1907 he settled in Göteborg, but continued to travel internationally.

International exhibitions in which he participated include: World Exhibition in Liege in 1905, 'Biennials' in Benedig in 1905,1907,and1909, Paris Salon in 1907, Secession Exhibition in Munich in 1908, "Espozione Internazionale' in Rome in 1911, First International Graphic Art Exhibition in Leipzig in 1914 and The Baltic Exhibition in Malmö in 1914. At the Galeries d'Allard in Paris (in 1911) he had a solo exhibition which featured 116 works, primarily oil paintings and etchings. Zoir also exhibited in the United States at the Brooklyn Art Museum in 1916 and at the Anderson Galleries in New York in 1929.

The etching by Zoir in the Fine Arts Collection, entitled Grief, was donated to Luther College in 1941 by the family of Dr. Nils E. Remmen. The Remmen Collection is one of the most significant collection of art works in the Fine Arts Collection. Remmen was a Luther alumnus who was a leading ophthalmologist in the Chicago area.  He died in 1926.

"Zoir, Carl Emil." Svenskt Konstnärs Lexikon. Malmo, Sweden:
Allhems Förlag, 1952- . Translation by Harley Refsal, Luther College faculty.
"Swedish Exhibition at Brooklyn Art Museum," New York Times, January 30, 1916;
"Swedish Art Shown," New York Times, February 12, 1929.

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