Knute Heldner

Knute Heldner (1875 – November 5, 1952) was a Swedish-American artist.

Knute August Heldner was born in the village Vederslöv in Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, Sweden. His beforehand formal training was at Karlskrona Technical School and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm. He migrated to America all but 1902 and trained at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis. He lived in Duluth, Minnesota until 1934. He was married to Collette Pope Heldner (1902-1990) who was then a painter and his one period student from the Rachel McFadden Art Studio in Duluth.

He won the gold medal at the Minnesota State Fair in 1915. In 1921 he exhibited his proceed in the Swedish American Artist's Association in the Swedish Club of Chicago. His style was advanced expressionistic, derived from his training as an player in Sweden. He was approved for painting of Louisiana landscapes. His best paintings however were portraits. His action entitled Bearers of burdens was turned into a print.
Heldner and his wife eventually made their home in New Orleans, Louisiana, returning to Minnesota during the summer.
Knute Heldner died during 1952 in Orleans Parish, Louisiana at 77 years of age.

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