BiographyMarie Løkke (also known as Mrs. Finn Mathiesen) was born January 9, 1877, in Christiania (Oslo), Norway, the daughter of C. Løkke. After studying art in Norway with Harriet Bacher, and in Dresden for 5 months during 1900-1901, she came to the United States in 1902. In America, she studied with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, MA. She was married in 1903 to Finn Mathiesen, an engineer in Chicago, but later divorced.She remained in the United States until 1916, then returned to Norway in 1917, staying until 1919. She then lived in France and Belgium from 1919-1922, returning to Norway to live until 1926. From 1926 she lived in the United States and Canada. She died on February 29, 1948, in Oslo.
Løkke was particularly known for her portraits of children, landscapes, marinescapes and genre paintings. She exhibited at Marshall Fields in Chicago, IL, in 1908 and the Art Institute of Chicago between 1902 and 1916, winning prizes on several occasions. Her biography was included in their publication “Works by Chicago Artists.” She also exhibited at the Chicago Norske Klub where her work was purchased to be in the permanent collection of the organization. Her works were shown at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, CA and in Provincetown, MA, in 1916. She was also included in the Salon Triennial in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920. She had works shown at the Norse-American Centennial Art Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair in Minneapolis, MN in 1925. More recently, her works were included in the exhibit “The Divided Heart: Scandinavian Immigrant Artists, 1850-1950” sponsored by the University of Minnesota in 1982 and in the exhibit “Norway in America” exhibit organized by the Norwegian-American Museum in 1989.
Source of Biography
“Norsk-amerikansk kvindelig kunstmaler,” in Nordmands-Forbundet, Vol. 8 (1915), 549-550;
Norsk Kunstner Leksikon, Oslo, Norway: Universitetsforlaget, 1982;
The Divided Heart: Scandinavian Immigrant Artists, 1850-1950. Minneapolis, MN: The Gallery, 1982;
Norway in America. Decorah, IA: Vesterheim, 1989;
www.marielokke.com; Fine Arts Collection files; Nordics in America: The Future of Their Past. Nelson, Marion. ”Norwegian-American Painting in the Context of the Immigrant Community and American Art.” Northfield, MN: The Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1993.