Bent Franklin Larsen

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B.F. Larsen
Bent Franklin Larsen, distinguished artist, teacher, humanitarian, and leader in his community and Church, was born in Monroe, Utah on May 10, 1882. At the time of his birth, Larsen's father was in Norway serving a mission. Upon his father's return to the states, the family moved several times, making it difficult for Larsen to recieve a proper education.

Upon his mother's insistance, Larsen enrolled at Snow Academy in 1899, graduating two years later. Larsen then began his career as a teacher, first in Cove, Utah and then in Green River. In 1906, Larsen began taking classes at BYU. His teachers were so impressed with him that he was hired as a faculty member the following year.

On September 15, 1907, he married Geneva Day in the Manti Temple. They had five children -- Rex B., Eugene C., Celia G., Ronald F., and Grant A. Larsen.

He received his degree in Visual Arts at Brigham Young University in 1912 and his Master's Degree at the University of Utah in 1922. He also studied at several renowned institutions under gifted art teachers. He exhibited his art in many museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. His paintings, mainly landscapes, are found in numerous private collections in all of Western America, and were awarded many prizes.

He was affiliated with Brigham Young University from 1906 to 1958. For 22 of his 52 years of service he was chairman of the Art Department.


Larsen received the David O. McKay Humanities Award on June 3, 1960.

The Bent F. Larsen Art Gallery, which is named in his honor, is placed in the heart of the Harris Fine Arts Center. A comprehensive gallery program permits use of all areas in a continually changing exhibit program.

Six of Larsen's paintings are in the Utah State Fine Art Collection.

Additional Information

Harold B. Lee Library holdings related to B. F. Larsen

  • Sixty pages from the life of B.F. Larsen, artist and teacher, by B.F. Larsen
  • B.F. Larsen, artist, by Celia Larsen Luce and Willard Luce
  • A study of Bent Franklin Larsen as artist and educator, by Max Edwin Bunnell


B. F. Larsen and J. Roman Andrus, 1940.jpg

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