From Sweden to Woodstock: The Art and Career of Carl Eric Lindin

133 page catalog with a comprehensive essay by Tom Wolf on the life and career of Swedish-American Artist Carl Eric Lindin.  The following is an excerpt from the essay:

Carl Eric Lindin’s life took him from working on a farm in Sweden to playing a central role in the dynamic community of artists in Woodstock, New York, with formative stops in Paris and Chicago on the way.  
Born in Fellingsboro, Sweden, in 1869, Lindin had a rough early life.  His father, Lars Erik Lindin, was the foreman on an estate, and, as the second of nine children, Carl began to work before he was a teenager.  He had to walk miles to school, and by the time he was fourteen he had worked in a mill, on a farm, and in a foundry.  He supplemented the hard labor with an early fascination with reading, and creating art:
"My first essays in art began with my copying the ornamental, initial letters in our old family Bible.  Later I was given a box of watercolors, and I made a little money by painting birthday congratulations cards for the youthful population who had sweethearts."
Unable to afford art studies at the academy in Stockholm, when he was eighteen Lindin persuaded his parents to allow him to go to the United States, where he believed there was greater opportunity for financial success.  On Christmas day, 1887, he arrived in New York.  By chance he befriended two fellow Swedes on the trip, and they convinced him to continue with them to Chicago, a center for Swedish immigrants.  In Chicago, he matured as an artist and eventually met his future wife...
Copyright 2005 by David Cook Fine Art
ISBN  9780967615615