Carl Oscar Borg

(1879 - 1947)


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Carl Oscar Borg

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Carl Oscar Borg b. 1879 Sweden d. 1947 Santa Barbara, CA.

Borg at 20 went to London and apprenticed with a marine and portrait artist. In 1901 he jumped ship to the U.S. and made his way to Los Angeles, where he studied under landscape artist William Wendt. Hearst’s mother enabled him to study in Paris and Rome. After, he taught at the CA Art Institute and the School of Arts in Santa Barbara.

He was the first art director for major Hollywood studios and worked with Sam Goldwyn, Douglas Fairbanks and Cecil B. DeMille. The Hearsts commissioned paintings of Southwest Indian ceremonies and Grand Canyon landscapes. He spent World War II in Sweden where his western subjects were very popular, later returning to Santa Barbara. paraphrased from AskArt