When one first views this work, the name "Birger Sandzen" immediately comes to mind, as the print is a dead ringer for the linoleum cuts and woodcuts by the famous master Kansas artist (born 1871, died 1954). Sandzen was a teacher of many, in Lindsborg, Kansas at Bethany College, and their styles in painting and printmaking often closely mimic his. Such is the case with this print by Sandzen student LEO E. REIN (1908-). Little biographical information seems to be available on the artist, other than his being a student at Bethany College in Lindsborg between the years 1927 and 1931. More than likely, this was created during that period. The mat opening measures 6 5/8" by 9 3/8", and the piece is 10 1/4" by 12 3/4" in strip black frame. It appears to have been framed long ago. There is browning at the edge of the mat, and the paper is evenly toned. An interesting and rare work by a Sandzen student, depicting no doubt the distinctive landscape of north-central Kansas. I cannot recall ever having encountered another work by Rein.
LEO E. REIN (1908-) Kansas art linoleum cut print "Oaks beside water" by student of Birger Sandzen