Knute Heldner

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Knute Heldner
Knute Heldner.jpg
Vederslöv, Sweden
Died(1952-11-05)November 5, 1952

Knute Heldner (1875 – November 5, 1952) was a Swedish-American artist. [1]


Knute August Heldner was born in the village Vederslöv in Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, 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 and trained at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis. [2] He lived in Duluth, Minnesota until 1934. He was married to Collette Pope Heldner (1902-1990) who was also a painter and his one time student from the Rachel McFadden Art Studio in Duluth.[3] [4]

He won the gold medal at the Minnesota State Fair in 1915.[5] In 1921 he exhibited his work in the Swedish American Artist's Association in the Swedish Club of Chicago.[6] 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.[7] Heldner and his wife eventually made their home in New Orleans, Louisiana, returning to Minnesota during the summer. Knute Heldner died during 1952 in Orleans Parish, Louisiana at 77 years of age. [8]


  1. ^ "Knute Heldner". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Knute Heldner — Porkopolis Art Museum
  3. ^ "Knute Heldner". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Colette Pope Heldner". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Swedes in the Twin Cities: Immigrant Life and Minnesota's Urban Frontier (Philip J. Anderson and Dag Blanck, 2001)
  6. ^ Prominent Artists and Exhibits of Their Work in Chicago (Reidar Rye Haugan, Chicago Norske Klub. Nordmanns-Forbundet, 24: 371—374, Volume 7, 1933)
  7. ^ Library of Congress catalog record
  8. ^ The Times-Picayune, 1952-11-07, Pg. 2 col. 7, Pg. 10 col. 1

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