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Nils Hogner

(1887 - 1970)
Born in Nederkalix, Sweden, Nils Hogner emigrated with his family to the Boston area in 1893. He began his studies at the Boston School of Painting, followed by classes at the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Rhodes Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, and, later, private study with Leon Gaspard.

Hogner traveled widely and pursued a highly diverse career, including a stint running the trading post at Klagetoh, AZ, and as an instructor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. While at UNM he met and married Dorothy Childs, a successful author of children’s books. The couple collaborated on dozens of books, a number of which (‘Pedro the Potter,’ ‘The Navajo Flute Player,’ ‘Santa Fe Caravans,’ etc.) had southwestern themes.

Hogner’s untitled hand-colored block print may be a portrait of the young Julian Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo, husband of Maria Martinez and, beginning in 1918, decorator of her pots.

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