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Lived/Active: Illinois/Massachusetts / Norway      Known for: child portrait, landscape, genre and figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Christiana (now Oslo), Norway, Marie Lokke studied in Europe, principally in Oslo and in Dresden, Germany, before emigrating to the United States.

Best known for her colorful impressionist landscapes in oil, she settled in Chicago, Illinois, from 1900-1921, but also gave her address in 1916 as Provincetown, Massachusetts, where Charles Hawthorne had established his Cape Cod School of Art in 1899 and directed it until 1930.

Lokke painted in other well-known artists' colonies of that era too, including in the Catskills near Woodstock, New York, in Connecticut, and on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine, plus along the shores of Lake Michigan in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan, and possibly at Carmel, California.

Lokke exhibited at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Expo in San Francisco, California, at the Art Institute of Chicago 1902-1915, and was an active member of the Chicago Society of Artists.

Her married name was Mathiesen, but she signed her work with her maiden name. Lokke seems to have returned to Scandinavia in the early 1920s, and several of her paintings have appeared at auction in Copenhagen.

Lokke is listed in Falk, Petteys (under Mathiesen), and Thieme-Becker, and also on websites.

Submitted by Cornelia C Moynihan, December 2003.

Biography from Fine Arts Collection, Luther College:
Marie Løkke (also known as Mrs. Finn Mathiesen) was born January 9, 1877, in Christiania (Oslo), Norway, the daughter of C. Løkke. After studying art in Norway with Harriet Bacher, and in Dresden for 5 months during 1900-1901, she came to the United States in 1902. In America, she studied with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, MA. She remained in the United States until 1916, then lived in France and Belgium from 1918-1922, returning to Norway at the end of that time. She was married in 1903 to Finn Mathiesen, an engineer in Chicago, but later divorced. She died on February 29, 1948.

Løkke was particularly known for her portraits of children, landscapes, marinescapes and genre paintings. She exhibited at Marshall Fields in Chicago, IL, in 1908 and the Art Institute of Chicago between 1902 and 1916, winning prizes on several occasions. Her biography was included in their publication “Works by Chicago Artists.” She also exhibited at the Chicago Norske Klub where her work was purchased to be in the permanent collection of the organization. Her works were shown at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, CA and in Provincetown, MA, in 1916. She was also included in the Salon Triennial in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920. She had works shown at the Norse-American Centennial Art Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair in Minneapolis, MN in 1925. More recently, her works were included in the exhibit “The Divided Heart: Scandinavian Immigrant Artists, 1850-1950” sponsored by the University of Minnesota in 1982 and in the exhibit “Norway in America” exhibit organized by the Norwegian-American Museum in 1989.

The work by Løkke in the Luther College Fine Arts Collection is included on the Inventory of American Paintings, maintained by the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. The painting is part of a collection of paintings and etchings donated by the family of the late Dr. Nils E. Remmen, who gave the collection to Luther College in 1941.

Ref: “Norsk-amerikansk kvindelig kunstmaler,” in Nordmands-Forbundet, Vol. 8 (1915), 549-550; Norsk Kunstner Leksikon, Oslo, Norway: Universitetsforlaget, 1982; The Divided Heart: Scandinavian Immigrant Artists, 1850-1950. Minneapolis, MN: The Gallery, 1982; Norway in America. Decorah, IA: Vesterheim, 1989.

Written and submitted by Jane Kemp
Professor; Circulation-Special Collections Librarian
Supervisor, Fine Arts Collection (
Luther College
Decorah, IA 52101

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