Theme/Style – Impressionism, landscapes, portraits, figurative art
Media – Oils, fresco, murals, charcoal, graphite
Artistic Focus – The work of Axel Linus is varied and difficult to categorize. Since he lived for many years in the desert, he understandably painted his beautiful and arid surroundings. But he also was a Modernist, sometimes painting night scenes and other Modernist subjects in iridescent colors, superbly composed.
Career Highlights –
- Born in Öreboro, Sweden, in 1885, Axel Linus became an established portrait and landscape artist in his native country after attending the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm and later the Académie Colorossi and Académie Moderne in Paris.
- In 1920 Linus immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, where he worked as a muralist, portraitist, and commercial artist. Among his commissions were murals for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933 and portraits of both Carl Sandburg and Charles Lindbergh.
- On his honeymoon in 1938, Linus traveled the U.S. by trailer and painted the country extensively. His stops included Florida, Texas, and New Mexico, as well as Arizona where he spent two weeks painting the Superstition Mountains and hiking and camping on a Hopi Reservation.
- By 1940 Linus had settled in Palm Springs, California, where he and his wife purchased a hotel and set up a studio in Snow Creek Canyon at the foot of Mount San Jacinto.
- Axel Linus was a member of the Desert Art Center and the Palm Desert Palette Club, exhibiting there as well as with Scandinavian Artists of the West in Los Angeles in 1939 and the Society for Sanity in Art in 1941. He passed away in Palm Springs in 1980.
Bibliographic references are available upon request.