By Appointment Only Glendale, CA , United States Call Seller 818.398.7363


"California Coastal" c. 1920

$ 40,000
  • Description
    Carl Oscar Borg (1879-1947)

    Carl Oscar Borg was born in Dals-Grinstad, Sweden on March 3, 1879. From a poor family, Borg began copying pictures from books as a child. At 15 he was apprenticed to a house painter and at 20 moved to London where he was an assistant to portrait and marine painter George Johansen. Borg began to paint seascapes at this time. In 1901 he sailed for the U.S. and worked as a house and furniture painter in the East. While serving as a seaman aboard the S.S. Arizonian, he jumped ship in San Francisco in 1903 and decided to make California his home. Lacking funds, he walked the railroad track to Los Angeles.

    Carl Oscar Borg became friends with artist William Wendt who taught him painting techniques. Through the patronage of Phoebe Hearst, he was able to return to Europe to study art in Paris and Rome. Upon his return, Borg taught at the California Art Institute in Los Angeles, and spent six months in Honduras during 1908. From 1918-24 he lived in Santa Barbara where he taught at the School of the Arts. The interval years 1924-35 were spent traveling, and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Grand Canyon. He made three trips to Sweden in the 1930's, and when war broke out in Europe, he was forced to remain there for the durations of the war. While in Sweden, he had considerable fame and financial success in selling his paintings of Indians and desert scenes to art collectors. After the war Borg returned to Santa Barbara and died there on May 8, 1947. His biography was published in Sweden posthumously.

    Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940"

    California Art Company is Actively Seeking to Acquire Paintings by Carl Oscar Borg

    California Art Company, LLC is actively seeking to acquire fine art paintings by Carl Oscar Borg. If you have a painting by Carl Oscar Borg that you would like to sell please email photos and your asking price to or give us a call at (818) 398-7363.

    Oil on canvas
    20 Inches x 30 Inches

    Framed Size: 26½ Inches x 36½ Inches
    Price: $40,000

    Wildling Art Museum, "Carl Oscar Borg: An Artist's Journey," Los Olivos, CA. May 2012 through September 2012. Depicted in the exhibition catalog.

    Santa Barbara Historical Museum, "Carl Oscar Borg - Spirit of the West," Santa Barbara, CA. November 2012 through March 2013.

    Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

    Additional Information
    Framed in a custom 22kt. gold leaf frame by Richard Tobey Fine Frames, Los Angeles, CA.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Oil on canvas.
    Creation Date: 1920
    Styles / Movements: California School
    Incollect Reference #: 124129
  • Dimensions
    W. 30 in; H. 20 in;
    W. 76.2 cm; H. 50.8 cm;
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