Carl Sprinchorn (1887 - 1971)
Roses in a Blue Vase, n.d.
Oil on canvas
21 x 11 1/4 inches
Signed at lower left: CARL SPRINCHORN
Sterling Boyd Strauser
Nicholas Burliuk Art Gallery, Hampton Bays, New York
A landscape painter who combined modernism and realism, Carl Sprinchorn was born in Sweden, and spent much of his life in New York State but is most associated with Maine. Between 1937 and 1952, he lived near Shin Pond in Maine's North Woods, painting the life of Maine lumberjacks, hunters, and river drivers.
He arrived in New York City from Sweden at age 16 and enrolled in the New York School of Art where he was a long-time student of Robert Henri and also studied with William Merritt Chase. Reportedly Henri regarded Sprinchorn as one of his most talented students. He had his first exhibition in 1916, and this show included paintings of the ballet.
In the 1920s, he painted and worked as a lumberjack in Maine from a small cultural settlement of Swedish Americans in Monson.
He was a close friend of Marsden Hartley, whom he met in New York in 1916. They painted in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Ogunquit, Maine, and in 1919, went to California together. They re-met twenty years later when Hartley visited the North Woods of Maine.
After Sprinchorn's death in Albany, New York, his reputation was that of a virtual unknown, helped by the fact that it took twenty years to settle his estate and his work was out of circulation until 1994.
In 1995, the Carl Sprinchorn Admiration Society formed, a loose-knit band of artists and others devoted to preserving his memory. Its leader was Maine artist Christopher Huntington, a former curator of Colby College Museum of Art.