Knute Heldner

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Knute Heldner (1875 – November 5, 1952) was a Swedish American artist.


Knute August Heldner was born in Sweden. He lived in the village Vederslöv, Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, Småland, Sweden. His early formal training was at Karlskrona Technical School and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm. He migrated to America around 1902.[1] He lived in Duluth, Minnesota until 1934 and then he eventually made his home in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a famous painter. He was married to Collette Pope Heldner, who was also a painter and his one time student from a school in Minnesota.

He won the gold medal at the Minnesota State Fair in 1915.[2] In 1921 he exhibited his work in the Swedish American Artist's Association in the Swedish Club in Chicago.[3] His style was modern expressionistic, derived from his training as an artist in Sweden. He was recognized for painting of Louisiana landscapes. His best paintings however were portraits. His work entitled Bearers of burdens was turned into a print.[4]

Knute Heldner died during 1952 in Orleans Parish, Louisiana at 77 years of age. [5]


  1. ^ Knute Heldner — Porkopolis Art Museum
  2. ^ Swedes in the Twin Cities: Immigrant Life and Minnesota's Urban Frontier (Philip J. Anderson and Dag Blanck, 2001)
  3. ^ Prominent Artists and Exhibits of Their Work in Chicago (Reidar Rye Haugan, Chicago Norske Klub. Nordmanns-Forbundet, 24: 371—374, Volume 7, 1933)
  4. ^ Library of Congress catalog record
  5. ^ The Times-Picayune, 1952-11-07, Pg. 2 col. 7, Pg. 10 col. 1

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