[From the catalogue-in-progress for “Landscapes & Livestock,” a loan exhibition for Agincourt Homecoming in the Fall of 2015]
SINCLAIR, Folke [1877–1956]
Farm in a Hilly Landscape
oil on canvas / 7.5 inches by 9.5 inches
Swedish artist Folke Sinclair studied at Göteborg and several foreign countries before returning home, to become a painter of portraits and soft, romantic landscapes like “Farm in a Hilly Landscape.” The family name Sinclair suggests a Scottish emigration some generations earlier—not unheard in Scandinavia. He died at Malmö.
Biographies in English for Sinclair practically don’t exist, which makes the appearance here of his work all the more remarkable. In this case it was due to AFS, the foreign exchange program for high school students: the family of 1960s exchange student Beatrice Sundberg sent this as a Christmas gift to her Agincourt host family, Gerry and Myra Burke, whose own children bequeathed it to the Community Collection.