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Carl Oscar Borg, Mission Church

The white facade of a Spanish Colonial church stands in contrast to the inky purple shadows that fall on the church's walls and across the open plaza. The sky above is also modeled in a lighter shade of purple. The composition is spare and complemented by the dark approaching figures, a suggestion of green on the left, the pattern of the windows on the building, and the glow of light from the entryway.

Carl Oscar Borg
Known for Southwest Indian portraits in various mediums including oil, watercolor, etchings, and woodblock, Carl Oscar Borg was born in Dais-Grinstad, Sweden.
His family was poor, and he was largely self-taught. He showed early art talent, and as a child copied pictures from books. At age 15, he apprenticed to a house painter, and at age 20, moved to London and assisted portrait and marine artist George Johansen.
In 1901, he arrived in San Francisco from Sweden, having jumped ship as a seaman on the "S.S. Arizonan. " He walked the rail track to Los Angeles, and learned painting techniques from William Wendt, well-known landscape artist.

Mission Church, 1905
Watercolor on paper
Framed: 19 × 14 3/4 × 3/4 in. (48.3 × 37.5 × 1.9 cm) image (mat): 11 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (29.2 × 18.4 cm)
Anonymous Gift