Svend Rasmussen Svendsen

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Svend Rasmussen Svendsen (March 21, 1864 – September 6, 1945) was a Norwegian American impressionist artist. Svendsen is most known for his rural scenes, marine views, and snowy landscapes of Norway.[1]


Svend Rasmussen Svendsen was born at Nittedal in Akershus, Norway. He was the son of Rasmus and Marie Svendsen. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Kristiania (now Oslo) where Svendsen received his primary education. In 1881, he immigrated to America and settled in Chicago, Illinois.[2]


Svendsen had studied with Norwegian painter and engraver Fritz Thaulow. Svendsen also studied with Edward F. Ertz, Professor of Watercolor at the Académie Delécluse in Paris. Svendsen exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His paintings were shown at the Chicago Norske Klub and at Minnesota State Fair. His art was also featured at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY during 1901.[3][4]

Since his death, the art work of Svend Svendsen has been included in exhibitions featured at St. Olaf College, at the University of Minnesota and at the Spanierman Gallery in Chicago. His art is on display at the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.[5]


Personal life[edit]

He was married to May Isabel Newton (1874-1950) with whom he had five children. Svend Svendsen died in Chicago during 1945.


  1. ^ "Svend Rasmussen Svendsen". Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Svend Rasmussen Svendsen. Biography (Luther College. Fine Arts Collection)
  3. ^ "Edward Frederick Ertz". Oxford Gallery. 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pan-American Exposition of 1901". University at Buffalo. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Svendsen, Svend Rasmussen (Norwegian 1864–1945. MIR Appraisal Services, Inc.)
Other Sources
  • Strand, A.E. (1905) A History of the Norwegians of Illinois (Chicago, IL: John Anderson Publishing Co.)
  • Haugan, Reidar Rye (1933) Prominent Artists and Exhibits of Their Work in Chicago (Chicago Norske Klub. Nordmanns-Forbundet, 24: 371–374, Volume 7)
  • Lovoll, Odd S. (1988) A Century of Urban Life: the Norwegians in Chicago before 1930 (Northfield, MN: Norwegian-American Historical Association)
Related Reading
  • Gerdts, William The Friedman Collection: Artists of Chicago (Spanierman Gallery, LLC, NY, 2002)