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 Carl Gustafson Lotave  (1872 - 1924)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/New York / Sweden      Known for: portrait, Indian figure, genre and history painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An artist with a meteoric career flashing across Colorado's sky for a brief period was Carl G. Lotave. Born in Jonkaping, Sweden in 1872 and now living in New York, Lotave studied with the masters Zorn and Bergh in Stockholm, where Birger Sandzen was his fellow student. Later he studied in Paris and came to Colorado Springs from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas where he had been an instructor in painting for two years beginning in 1897.

While in Colorado Springs, he painted a ceiling decoration for McRae's Restaurant and mural decorations for the homes of J P Pomeroy and of Mr. Rathborn and executed several portraits with marked success in 1902-03. Lotave made the cover designs for the New Year's edition of the Gazette (newspaper).

In the Savoy Hotel, Denver, the art work of the Indian Room was Lotave's creation and perhaps marked the high tide of achievement in his temperamental and eccentric career in the West, dividing honors with his Cliff Dwelling and Pueblo Indian frescoes in the Archaeological museums in Santa Fe.

During the world war, Lotave met Harshall Joffre and painted his life-sized portrait in uniform. It was exhibited in the Rocky Mountain Club, New York City and admirably reproduced in color in the magazine of American History. There are small color reproductions of these portraits in uniform of General Pershing, Marshal Foch and King Albert of Belgium but not from life.

Lotave later turned his attention to Batik art, producing very large pictures on silk through an intricate dyeing process.

Submitted by Katherine Tozier

Source: Brush and Pencil in Early Colorado Springs, by Gilbert McClurg, 1924

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born JonKoping, Sweden, Feb. 29, 1872; died New York, NY, Dec. 27, 1924. Painter. Muralist. Illustrator. specialized in Native American subjects and portraits.

Studied at the Artists' League of Stockholm where he was a pupil of Anders Zorn and Anton-Mathias Bergh and at the Academie Colarossi in Paris. Known as a figure and portrait painter, in l897 he immigrated to Kansas as a painting instructor at Bethany College, Lindsborg.

In l899 Lotave settled down in Colorado Springs where he enjoyed considerable patronage as a portrait painter and became an illustrator for the Mountain Sunshine Magazine & The Gazette.

After some time he moved to New York where he became a popular magazine illustrator. He died in New York but his ashes were returned to Colorado and buried beneath a granite boulder on Pike's Peak.
Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery; Frescos in Archeological Museum, Santa Fe, NM; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Colorado Springs Museum; Museum of New Mexico; Murals State House, NM; Denver Public Library; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Samuels, Peggy. Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1976.; Field; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194701 (por. P499); Julian; 100 Years of Art; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 16, 2005; Dawdy 3: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 3. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1985..
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:
Carl Gustafson Lotave

Carl G. Lotave was born in Jönköping, Småland, Sweden. He studied art in Stockholm with Birger Sandzén at the Artists' League Painting School and also in Paris before coming to Bethany College in 1897. Lotave like Sandzén studied with Anders Zorn. He became a successful portrait painter in Europe before coming to the United States.

Birger Sandzén recommended Lotave as a possible Bethany art teacher to Dr. Carl A. Swensson when Olof Grafström left Bethany to teach at Augustana College at Rock Island. Lotave taught at Bethany until the spring of 1899 when he left for
Colorado where he completed assignments for the Smithsonian as a painter of the American Indian for ten years (1897-1910).

Later in Santa Fe, Lotave completed the murals for the Palace of Governors for two exhibit rooms and the three entrance murals by late 1910. He then left for New York where he gained a fine reputation as a portrait painter. Lotave painted many portraits of leading generals during World War I. He illustrated for Mountain Sunshine and Success magazines.

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