Yngve E. Soderberg (1896 – 1972)
Street in Charleston, SC
Watercolor on paper
MMoA Permanent Collection
Donated by Mrs. Josephine Schmid
Soderberg was born in Chicago, Illinois to Swedish immigrants. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York, where he befriended fellow artists such as Harve Stein and Herbert Stoops.
Like many New York-based artists, Soderberg spent summers painting on Mason’s Island, off Mystic, Connecticut. It was in Mystic that he found his calling as a painter and etcher of sailboats, and where he met his future wife, Nancy Horn. Soderberg’s illustrations and watercolors were regularly used for magazines including The Sportsman, Yachting, Town and Country, and The Spur.
During the Depression, Soderberg became a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist. His mural, Canal Era, painted in 1939, may still be seen in the Morrisville, Pennsylvania Post Office. During World War II Soderberg worked for the Electric Boat Company, painting morale posters for shipyard workers and producing propaganda posters and ads for war bonds.
In 1950, Soderberg began a 17-year career teaching at the New London High School, keeping his summers free for sailing, painting, and traveling. His work is in the holdings of such museums as the Denver Art Museum, the Lyman Allyn Museum, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Mystic Museum of Art. Soderberg was also a member and President of MMoA’s precursor, the Mystic Art Association.