American (born in Sweden), 1871-1954
Oil on board
13 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum
Not Currently on Display
About the Artwork
Moonlight Reflections is an early landscape by the artist, revealing Sandzén’s signature palette at the beginning stages of his artistic career. Reminiscent of the work of Arthur Wesley Dow, it is painted in a vertically elongated format taken from Japanese prints. Although Dow was based in New York or Ipswich, Massachusetts, and it is unlikely that Sandzén knew him directly, he was an inspirational teacher of Japanese aesthetics at this time.
The painting descended in the family of painter Carl Lotave, who was a classmate and close friend of Sandzén’s in Stockholm, and who also taught at Bethany College in Kansas.