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 Peter David Edstrom  (1873 - 1938)

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Lived/Active: California/Iowa / Sweden      Known for: portrait bust sculpture-notables

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
"David Edstrom was born in Sweden in 1873, and came to America as a mere child, his parents settling in Iowa.  Until nearly twenty he lived in the West, at which age, desirous of pursuing an artistic career, he returned to his native country and began his studies at the Stockholm Academy.

He early revealed remarkable talent, particularly in the field of plastic portraiture, and continued his
apprenticeship in Florence and in Paris. Edstrom was seen to particular advantage with his associates of the Konstnarsforbimdet at the Berlin Secession in 1910, and still more recently at Stockholm and Amsterdam, having held this summer in the latter city an important collective exhibition conjointly with his countryman, Carl Larsson.

His portrait busts of Ernest Thiel, Esq., of Professor Knut Kjellberg, of the publisher, Karl Otto Bonnier, and other notable men, display uncommon vigor of characterization and psychological analysis."


Source:
Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the 1912 -1913
EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at
New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke, Art Historian and Collector, West Vancouver, British Columbia

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Sculptor. Born in Hvetlanda, Sweden on March, 27, 1873. Peter Edstrom came to the U.S. in 1880 with his family and studied sculpture with Johannes Scheiwe in Ottumwa, Iowa.

He returned to Europe for further study at the Royal Academy in Stockholm under Borjison and in Paris under Injalbert.  About 1920 he settled in Los Angeles and worked mostly on portrait commissions.

In 1937 his autobiography, Testament of Caliban, was published.

Edstrom died in Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 1938.

Exhibiition:
Louisiana Purchase Expo (St Louis), 1904 (silver medal); San  Francisco Museum of Art, 1935.

Collections: Natl Museum and Royal Palace (Stockholm); Masonic Temple (Washington, DC); Lincoln Park (LA); Laguna Honda Hospital (SF); Dallas, TX (statues). ] P&S; International Studio, Jan. 1920; AAA 1929-33; WWAA 1936-39; SCA; LA Times, 8-14-1938 (obits).
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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