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Leon Lundmark 1875 - 1942

In California, Leon Lundmark is best known for his work after he settled in Altadena in 1937.

He was born in Mörlund, Kalmar County, Sweden on May 28, 1875. He was the illegitimate son of Countess Hanna von Til and S. A. Johnson, was educated in Stockholm in the public schools, at the Technical School and at the Stockholm Fine Art Academy with Zillen, Swenson and Baugh.

In 1906, Leon was twenty years old and emigrated to America, and settled near Chicago in Pullman, Illinois. There he worked in the Decoration Department of the Pullman shops.

In his leisure time he painted, often scenes of the Lake Michigan shore. He participated in local art exhibitions and six of his works were included in juried exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1921 and 1924. It was at these exhibitions that he was discovered by Mr. J. W. Young of the Young Art Gallery on Michigan Avenue. Over the next three years, the Young gallery sold 95 of Leon Lundmark's paintings, and a biography of Leon Lundmark was published in 1924, The Rise of Lundmark, Marine Painter.

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The rest of the 1920's Leon served as director of the Scandinavian-American Art Association in Chicago. In this capacity, he returned to Sweden to participate in the Swedish American Exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1923.

In his early 60's, Leon Lundmark moved to Altadena, California where he built his home and studio. It was here he did some of his best work. He exhibited with the California Art Club and had an exhibition in the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1939. He die three years later on May 2, 1942 at the age of sixty-six.

He is remembered for his seascapes and coastal scenes, ranging from the mighty and viscously dramatic to the calm and peaceably tranquil, done in Sweden, the Great Lakes, Maine, and California. During his lifetime, his work was exhibited in sixty-one American cities and twelve other countries.

Source: Scanlanfinearts.com http://www.scanlanfinearts.com/leonlundmark.html