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"Grace" Artist Dies

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1918 photograph titled "Grace" by Eric Enstrom 1918 photograph titled "Grace" by Eric Enstrom

BOVEY, Minn. (AP) - The artist who hand-colored "Grace," a photo showing a white-bearded man bowed in prayer before a simple meal, has died at age 95.

Eric Enstrom took the photo, displayed in homes and churches nationwide, at his studio in Bovey, Minn., in 1918. Enstrom's daughter, Rhoda Nyberg, brought the photo to life and widespread distribution with her colorization.

Nyberg died at a nursing home near Proctor.

Nyberg was born above her father's photography studio a year before he took "Grace." After college and a stint working at Minnesota Woolen, Nyberg returned to the Bovey photo studio and began coloring black and white photos with heavy oil.

Nyberg's daughter, Kris Mayerle, says her mother's painting preceded the introduction of color photography. The image has been designated as Minnesota's official state photo.

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