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Bent Franklin Larsen
(Monroe, UT, 1882 - 1970, Provo, Utah)
In 1929, Harold R. Clark of the Brigham Young University helped to sponsor B. F. Larsen on a year-long sabbatical to France. This trip allowed Larsen enough time and inspiration to motivate his best work. Unlike his 1924-25 trip, when he studied at the Academie Julian in Paris, this year’s stay was more of a painting trip to Paris, Moret Sur-Loing, Cordes and Uzerche in France; Cuenca, Spain; and Fez, Morocco.
Marie Hull, an important painter from Mississippi, was with B. F. Larsen for part of the painting expedition. Later they exchanged exhibitions in Mississippi and Provo, Utah. Because he was able to devote himself full-time to painting, Larsen produced about one-third of his life's work during this creative period. “Uzerche Tannery” is one of Larsen's strongest oils, demonstrating the abstract influences of his mentor, André L'Hote. When he returned to Utah in 1930, he was classed among Utah's "Modernists". His work is an amalgam of powerful brushwork rhythms and subtle, earthy citrus color.