• Creator
  • Krans, Olof, 1838-1916
  • Created Date
  • 8-8-02
  • Description
  • A painting of a sun setting beyond a mountainous coastline with a number of boats hugging shore on right. Black and white birds perch on a group of large rocks extending into the picture from the left foreground. Dimensions are 21" x 35". In 1846, over 800 Swedish immigrants fleeing religious persecution and economic hardship settled on the prairie of north central Illinois at what is now Bishop Hill. The colony thrived for fifteen years. Olof... more
    A painting of a sun setting beyond a mountainous coastline with a number of boats hugging shore on right. Black and white birds perch on a group of large rocks extending into the picture from the left foreground. Dimensions are 21" x 35". In 1846, over 800 Swedish immigrants fleeing religious persecution and economic hardship settled on the prairie of north central Illinois at what is now Bishop Hill. The colony thrived for fifteen years. Olof Krans arrived in Bishop Hill as a boy in 1850. After service in the Union Army during the Civil War, he began a long career as a house and decorative painter. By 1875 he began creating easel paintings to commemorate the original settlers and scenes of colony life as he remembered it. He worked from photographs and from memory. Krans' works reflect the fact that he was an untrained artist. He is regarded as one of Illinois' best known folk artists. How we learn about communities; American communities in history. 16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts. less
  • Format
  • Kranspainting.jpg