Inscribed on verso: "The Boulder in Woods/Carl Sprinchorn about 1939 or 40";"6"
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. 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.
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