Jonas Lie (1880 – 1940)
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Jonas Lie was a Norwegian-born painter who matured in America. He often depicted the sea, channels, and ships with dramatic perspective and powerful use of color.
When asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest “The correct pronunciation of my name is yonas lee. Although I have adopted the anglicized pronunciation of Jonas in this country, Lie, however, is pronounced lee in Scandinavia, and I have insisted upon it in English also.” (Charles Earle Funk, What’s the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)
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