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 Gustav F. Liljestrom  (1880 - 1958)

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Lived/Active: California / Sweden      Known for: landscape, oriental interiors

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Born in Stockholm, Sweden on May 14, 1880. Liljestrom came to the U.S. in 1902. With his older brother, he pursued copper mining in Arizona. Inspired by scenery of the Southwest, he opted to become a painter and moved to Chicago where he enrolled at the AIC. Several years were spent in the Orient studying Chinese painting, sculpture and architecture. Upon moving to San Francisco in 1909, he was hired as a designer and Oriental expert for Gump's. While working there he continued exhibiting locally and making painting forays into the western deserts and mountains. During the 1930s he instituted a series of exhibitions by "The Group of Eight" comprised of Frank T. Johnson, Edgar Payne, Harold Wagner, Armin Hansen, Wm Ritschell, Arthur Hill Gilbert, Wm Wendt, and himself. In 1936 he assisted Frank Van Sloun with the set of eight murals in the rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts. Liljestrom died in San Francisco at the Laguna Honda Home on Aug. 26, 1958. Member: Bohemian Club; Society for Sanity in Art. Exh: Gump's (SF), 1913; PPIE, 1915 (Grand Canyon); Calif. State Fair, 1930 (Navajo Land); Bohemian Club, 1935-46; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1939; Marin County Show, CHS, 1969. In: Fifth Avenue Theater's Oriental Interior (Seattle); Bohemian Club; mural, First Christian Church (Oakland); Shasta State Historical Monument; Museum of NM.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Art Research, 20 volumes; Wasp, 3-10-1934; Gump's Treasure Trade.
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Born in Stockholm, Sweden, he became a painter of desert landscapes and murals.

He immigrated to the United States in 1902 and, with his brother, became a copper miner in Arizona. Loving Southwest scenery, he determined to became a landscape painter, and sought training at the Art Institute of Chicago. He spent several years in the Orient studying Chinese painting techniques.

In 1909, he moved to San Francisco where he became a designer and Oriental expert for Gump's Department Store. He assisted Frank Van Sloun with a set of eight murals for the Palace of Fine Arts. He continued to make painting trips into the desert landscape including the Grand Canyon and Navajo country.

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