The Lorentzen family came to America from Norway and settled in ND in 1886
Lorentz Lorentzen came from sea-faring people, and with an adventuresome spirit, he adapted quickly to life in the land-locked prairies of the Dakota Territory. His wife Martha Thompson and her story was featured in the book Fifty Pioneer Mothers of McLean County North Dakota by Mary A. Barnes Williams. North Dakota is where the family has made their home, next to the big Missouri River, the Cottonwood trees and the rolling hills for the past 5 generations.
The Henry Lorentzen Website is a family enterprise designed to preserve and propel the legacy forward for future generations. In doing so we realize that many collectors will also enjoy this site as a place to share stories about the artist as well. This is why we started the Retro ART Blog as a 'virtual museum' or art gallery of sorts. Many paintings live in various places in the United States and around the world, and collectors may never have a chance to visit the state of North Dakota, where grandson, John Lorentzen operates a Western Gallery along the Missouri River honoring his grandfather. This is why Vanessa Lorentzen, John's sister and grand-daughter of the artist was thrilled to launch this website in May of 2012.
Homestead Memories on the Buffalo Paunch Creek is the second delightful book by Yvonne Lorentzen McGuire, daughter of Henry, and is considered the "prequel" to "Daddy Was An Artist" , which was the first on the subject of the Lorentzen family in North Dakota. The story of Lorentz and Martha is a treasure for those researching the movements of real life pioneers at the turn of the 20th century.