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Label, Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Label, Mitchell Brown Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

According to noted art historian Rick Stewart, “Carl Oscar Borg was twenty years old when he left his native Sweden for England. He worked in London as a scenery painter for several years before immigrating to America in 1902. Two years later he moved to California, where he would live for the rest of his life. He was initially employed as a scene painter for the newly established motion picture industry, an experience that surely influenced his outlook on western themes. In 1905, he traveled throughout California and the Southwest, sketching and making notes, and had his first one-man exhibition as a fine artist. Soon after that Borg traveled to Paris for further study, where he advanced rapidly as a painter, gaining notoriety at home as a prizewinner in the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. By this time, Borg had relocated to Santa Barbara and become close friends with Edward Borein. The two painters shared the same enthusiasm for the West, and Borg developed a local reputation as a teacher of merit. He traveled widely, painting and sketching wherever he went, and specializing in the scenery and subjects of the Southwest. He also became an able printmaker, publishing an excellent collection in 1936 titled The Great Southwest: Etchings, which concentrated on Navajo and Hopi themes.”

PROVENANCE
Estate of Carl Oscar Borg, Santa Barbara, California
Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Private collection, Los Angeles, California
Mitchell Brown Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Private collection, California

LITERATURE
Albin Widen, Carl Oscar Borg, Ett Knostnarsode, Nordisk Rotogravyr, 1953, plate 64, illustrated

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