Carl Oscar Borg (1879-1947)

The Hush of the Evening, c. 1925
Tempera on board
34 in x 30 in
Hopi Prayers, c. 1924
5 in x 7 in

A selftaught, versatile artist with mystical leanings, Carl Borg left his native Sweden in 1899 to pursue his artistic growth. As a young man he wandered throughout Europe, enduring poverty, isolation, and disillusionment. He arrived in Los Angeles in 1 903, and it was there that he gained acclaim as an artist. He owed his early success to the patronage of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst, and to his acceptance by the Garvanza group of artists, writers, and educators in Los Angeles, whose idealistic and spiritual leanings he shared. From his home in California, Borg made pilgrimages throughout the Southwest, developing a fascination with Native Americans that is evident in much of his work. Upon his death in 1947, his ashes were scattered at Grand Canyon. It was his desire to become a part of the landscape he so loved.

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