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August Strindberg

(Sweden, 1849-1912)
Estimate
4 000 000 - 5 000 000 SEK
364 000 - 455 000 EUR
381 000 - 476 000 USD
Hammer price
7 300 000 SEK
Purchasing info
August Strindberg
(Sweden, 1849-1912)

The Birch Tree I (Autumn)

Signed with Strindberg's seal in sealing wax on the reverse. Painted in Stockholm in 1902. Oil on wood panel 33 x 23 cm.

Provenance

Mrs Inez Ahlquist (Harriet Bosse's sister and the aunt of Strindberg's and Bosse's daughter Anne-Marie), Stockholm.
Mrs Anne-Marie Strindberg-Wyller, Oslo/Stockholm (by inheritance from the above mentioned).
Bukowskis, Stockholm, Sale 411, 30 October 1979, lot 164 (illustrated full page in the plate section, Pl. 44).
Private collection (acquired at the above sale).

Exhibitions

Gummesons Konsthall, Stockholm, "Målningar af August Strindberg", 8 - 31 January 1924, no. 32.
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, "Strindberg som målare och modell", 21 January - February 1949, no. 53.
Örebro Centralbibliotek, Rådhuset, Örebro, "Strindberg som målare och modell", 24 February - March 1949.
Lunds Universitets Konstmuseum, "Strindberg som målare och modell", 20 March - April 1949.
Millesgården, Stockholm, "Per Ekström - August Strindberg -yttre och inre landskap", 16 February - 21 May 2000.
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, "Strindberg - målaren och fotografen", 9 February - 13 May 2001, no. 38.
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, "Strindberg. Maleren og fotografen", 9 June - 16 September 2001.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, "Strindberg. Peintre et photographe", 15 October 2001 - 27 January 2002.
Tate Modern, London, "August Strindberg. Painter, photographer, writer", 17 February - 15 May 2005, no. 73.
Bukowskis, Stockholm, "Strindberg på Bukowskis", 2 - 6 May 2012.

Literature

Göran Söderström, "Strindbergs måleri", 1972, catalogued p. 351, no. 93, illustrated full page, p. 189, mentioned p. 188.
Auction catalogue, Bukowskis, Stockholm 1979, illustrated full page, pl. 44.
"Strindberg - målaren och fotografen", exhibition catalogue, Stockholm 2001, catalogued p. 187, illustrated in colour p. 82.
"Strindberg. Painter and photographer", exhibition catalogue 2001, catalogued p. 187, illustrated in colour p. 82.
Olle Granath, "August Strindberg. Painter, photographer, writer", exhibition catalogue, London 2005, catalogued p. 154, illustrated full page in colour, p. 104.
"Strindberg på Bukowskis", exhibition catalogue, Bukowskis, Stockholm 2012, p. 66, illustrated full page in colour, p. 67.

Designer

August Strindberg is one of Sweden's most known writers, playwrights and artists. He was a central figure in the cultural life of his time and as a conflict-seeking socially critical person, he was constantly debated. Strindberg started painting as a young man but took a break in the 90s, when he came to spend a lot of time with artists both in Sweden and abroad. He painted more than a hundred paintings of windy seas, stormy skies and landscapes, he painted in dramatic color scale and characterized by the artist's strong temperament. He early became internationally known for his works, thoughts and ideas. Strindberg was constantly productive and pioneering. Represented, among others, at the National Museum, the Nordic Museum and the Thielska Gallery in Stockholm, as well as in many private collections.

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