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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Landscape artist saw environment as ‘natural extension’ of psyche

KU professor emeritus dies at 90 in rural home

Robert Sudlow, pictured in this June 2002 file photo, has died. A nationally acclaimed landscape artist, he taught at Kansas University for 40 years. Tom Russell, Baldwin City, a longtime artist friend, says Sudlow was “just a very likeable guy. We talked about everything.”

Robert Sudlow, pictured in this June 2002 file photo, has died. A nationally acclaimed landscape artist, he taught at Kansas University for 40 years. Tom Russell, Baldwin City, a longtime artist friend, says Sudlow was “just a very likeable guy. We talked about everything.”

March 27, 2010

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A nationally known impressionistic landscape artist and Kansas University professor emeritus of art has died.

Robert Sudlow, 90, died Thursday afternoon at his rural Lawrence home.

He had received several awards for his artwork, and had pieces in museums across the country. Sudlow had traveled to Eutin, Germany, Lawrence’s sister city, in 2001 and displayed 24 of his Kansas landscape paintings there as part of a cultural exchange between the two cities.

Kansas landscape painter and former KU professor Robert Sudlow, in this June 2002 file photo, died Thursday. Sudlow was nationally known for his impressionistic landscape paintings.

Kansas landscape painter and former KU professor Robert Sudlow, in this June 2002 file photo, died Thursday. Sudlow was nationally known for his impressionistic landscape paintings.

His paintings captured many scenes from Kansas, from the Flint Hills to the ponds and wooded areas near his home.

“Everybody’s imprinted, wherever they live,” Sudlow told the Journal-World in 2005. “If they’re at all close to the environment, it affects them. Being here (in Kansas) and being part of it all my life, it’s a natural extension of my psyche.”

Sudlow taught painting at KU from 1947 until he retired 40 years later.

Tom Russell, a longtime artist friend who lives in Baldwin City, said Sudlow was a “very sincere and honest” painter. “He was always so honest in his approach to everything,” said Russell, who had known and painted with Sudlow for more than 60 years. “He was just a very likeable guy. We talked about everything.”

Services are planned for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1101 Vt. An obituary will be published later in the Journal-World.

Comments

fcoughlin 4 years, 9 months ago

What a lovely sentiment: "...it's a natural extension of my psyche". R.I.P.

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