Carl Redin, Southwest Painter


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Carl Redin fell in love with the vibrant New Mexico landscape and began to paint southwestern scenes. He was part of Albuquerque’s first community of artists that included Ben Turner, Nils Hogner and Carl Von Hassler. Of all of these artists, Redin was the only one who has had a one-man show at the Albuquerque Museum. The Museum featured his work in a show from September 1984 until January 1985. Redin remained in Albuquerque, painting the Sandias, the volcanoes and New Mexican scenes for most of his life. A heart condition forced him to leave New Mexico in 1940. He moved to California and died 4 years later. To quote an article from the Christian Science Monitor written in 1926: Redin’s work has always a happy mood. Whether in the vivid colors of Jemez Canyon or A Mountain Village, he seems to pick with unerring instinct the moods that only an artist could find. Mountains, trees, seasons, adobe houses, Indians—all these are truly a part of the New Mexican life, and these he paints.

Carl Redin was born in Sweden in 1892. As a youngster, he was fascinated with the American west. His talent was recognized at a young age and he was afforded the opportunity to study art for a short period of time in Stockholm when he was 14. He was drafted into the Swedish Navy and when he had 3 years left to serve, he immigrated to the US and settled in Chicago. In 1916, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and, like many others of the time period, decided to “take the cure” at Albuquerque’s Methodist Deaconess Sanitorium.   He passed away in 1944.

Information taken from Catalog of Carl Redin show. Albuquerque Museum, 1984

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