Svendsen, Svend RasmussenNorwegian 1864-1945
Svend Rasmussen Svendsen was born March 21, 1864, in Nittedal, Norway. He received his primary education in Norway, but had to leave school at the age of twelve to work to help support his family. In 1881, he emigrated to America, and settled in Chicago, Illinois. There he married May Isabel Newton in 1890, with whom he had five children. Svendsen is considered by some accounts to be a self-taught painter, although he did study at the Académie Delécluse in Paris in 1896 with Edward F. Ertz. Svendsen exhibited frequently at the Chicago Art Institute between 1895 and 1920, showing oil and watercolor paintings as well as pastels, and was awarded the Young Fortnightly prize in 1895 by the Chicago Art Institute. He also received an honorable mention for one of his works at the Nashville Exposition of 1897 and a bronze medal at the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, exhibited at the National Academy of Design annual in 1902 and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts annual from 1898-1900 and again in 1902. Svendsen is known especially for his rural scenes, marine views, and snow scenes of Norway. His paintings were purchased by a number of prestigious Norwegian and American private collectors and continue to be actively sold through contemporary art auctions.

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