Lindsborg/Assaria Loop via Burma Road
This easy ride can be managed in a morning or evening ride while visiting Lindsborg. The ride will take you by Coronado Heights and its castle, located just northwest of Lindsborg. The Burma Road provides just enough hills for a good workout while enjoying beautiful prairie scenery. As you swing back into Lindsborg from Assaria, you will skirt the Bethany College campus and the Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery, a stop to not miss.
painting becomes clear. One art critic wrote, "Birger Sandzén is the poet painter of immense sun-washed spaces, of pine-crowned luminous, gigantic rocks and of color-shifting desert sands. The spectator is amazed at this captured beauty. This dreamer-painter is truly a master."
Sandzén palette when living in Sweden was muted, predominately grays and browns. When he experienced the sunny, mostly cloudless light of Kansas, his range of color changed to very bright, unmixed paint leading some to say he painted in the style of fauvism, depicted by saturated color and heavy brush work. Others debate his approach was directed towards pointillism, as up close his subjects are hard to discern, but stepping back the whole of the painting becomes clear. One art critic wrote, "Birger Sandzén is the poet painter of immense sun-washed spaces, of pine-crowned luminous, gigantic rocks and of color-shifting desert sands. The spectator is amazed at this captured beauty. This dreamer-painter is truly a master."
His paintings are included in the Library of Congress; Göteborg Art Gallery, Sweden; Art Institute of Chicago; National Museum of Stockholm; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; Denver Art Museum; British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art and many others. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of Vasa,Order of the North Star in 1940 by the Swedish Government for promoting cultural relations between the United States and Sweden. He died in 1954 and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery located on Wells Fargo Road, Lindsborg, Kansas. As the official Birger Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery website says, he died "on what was described as a beautiful 'Sandzén Day.'"
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