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
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
home country. In 1907 he settled in Göteborg, but continued to travel
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
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.