After leading a rather colorful life in his native Sweden and in the American Midwest, Knute Heldner settled permanently in New Orleans in 1923. There he became something of a fixture in bohemian French Quarter life, painting numerous swamp senes in his signature cool palette for sale to the tourist trade. With works exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery and Smithsonian Institution, Heldner was recognized by the American Federation of Artists as one of the twelve greatest living artists before his death in 1952.
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