I was very fortunate to have worked with Lennart Anderson for over ten years as his rep and gallerist producing a number of exhibitions and catalogs. Fortunately he has seen a crop of young painters carrying a torch for him since his passing. And Lennart certainly created paintings that deserved to be remembered.
A couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to help curate an exhibition of early and late paintings. Here’s a view of the room after it was finally lit.
Among his less savory qualities, he's a poor sport, a sore loser and ill fitted for honest labor. He makes bad friends and worse decisions. Animals avoid him and children despise him. He's been known to drink to excess, carry on with seditious talk and leer at women. He's a coward, a card cheat and a known liar.
Mrs. Call's second grade class said perhaps all that needed to be said about Larsen.In a moment of vindication and possibly clarity, Call would add to Larsen's permanent record that he was a bit of a dreamer and that Larsen was "an excellent student but his grades trailed off in the final semester."True, Larsen was filled with promise and saddled as starry-eyed but one can't help but notice that Call's inability to chisel this raffish diamond-in-rough wasn't also a clerical trick to distance herself from the responsibility of the 'Nurture' debate.She also said he was "prompt".She wasn't wrong.