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Bruno Liljefors

(Sweden, 1860-1939)
4 000 000 - 5 000 000 SEK
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Bruno Liljefors
(Sweden, 1860-1939)

"Änder" / "Wild Ducks"

Signed Bruno Liljefors and dated -87. Executed in Grez, France. Canvas 50.5 x 76 cm.


Earlier in the collection of Managing Director Thorsten Laurin, villa Ekarne, Stockholm.
Private collection.


Royal Academy of Arts, London, "Exhibition of works by Swedish artists 1880-1900", 1924, no. 52.
"Ausstellung swedischer Kunst", traveling exhibition, Hamburg, Lübeck and Berlin, 1926, no. 356.
"Secession Ausstellung schwedischer Kunst", Vienna, 1927, no. 56.
Kungl. Akademien för de fria konsterna, Stockholm, "Thorsten Laurins samling", Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, 1927, no. 124.
"Exposition de l'art suédois ancien et moderne", Paris, 1929, no. 220.
"Swedish Tercentenary Art Exhibit U. S. A. 1937-1938", no. 311 (under the title "Wild Ducks").
Kungl. Akademien för de fria konsterna, Stockholm, "Bruno Liljefors. Minnesutställning", exhibition arranged by Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, 1941, no. 42 (under the title "Vild-änder").


"Ord och Bild", 1917, p. 609.
Carl G. Laurin, "Nordisk konst. Sveriges och Finlands konst från 1880 till 1926", 1926, illustrated half page, p. 100 ("67. Änder") and mentioned p. 104 ("Änder som flaxar bland näckrosbladen").
"Ausstellung schwedischer Kunst", exhibition catalogue, 1926, Abb. 8.
Ragnar Hoppe, "Katalog över Thorsten Laurins samling av måleri och skulptur", 1936, catalogued no. 139, p. 69 and illustrated full page, Pl. 81.
Sixten Strömbom (Ed.), "Swedish Tercentenary Art Exhibit 1937-1938 Official Catalogue", 1937, catalogued p. 164 (under the title "Wild Ducks") and illustrated full page, p. 165.
"Konst i svenska hem", vol. II, section 4, catalogued p. 171, Collection 233: "Direktör Thorsten Laurin, Ekarne, Djurgården, Stockholm" (under the title/description "Tre simmande änder [1887] 50/76").
Bo Lindwall/Lindorm Liljefors, "Bruno Liljefors", 1960, illustrated half page, p. 58 ("16. Änder. Olja. Grez 1887").
Bo Lindwall, "Konstnärskolonin i Grèz", 1993, illustrated half page, p. 124.
Allan Ellenius, "Bruno Liljefors. Naturen som livsrum", 1996, mentioned p. 82.

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Bruno Liljefors is the Swedish artist best known for his nature and animal motifs, especially in dramatic situations. Liljefors started with studies at the Academy of Arts in 1879, and continued 1882 in Düsseldorf where the studies revolved around animal painting. The journey then continued to Venice, Rome, Naples, Paris and Grez. Once back in Sweden, he began to draw and paint animals, especially cats and small birds, from the beginning in intimate interaction with nature. He then moved on to broader depictions of wild animals and nature, of seascapes with seabirds and of dramatic scenes of battles between birds. Liljefors is known as our country's foremost animal painter with a large production. Liljefors depicted, in contrast to the "idyllic" animal painting, the animals everyday life with a focus on movement, anatomy and their adaptation to the landscape. This is where the greatness of his painting lies, in the ability to show the animals in their proper environment. He has achieved this by hunting and observing. Well-known works of art are the paintings "Rävfamilj" (1886) and "Havsörnar" (1897), as well as the sculpture "Lek" (1930) at Stockholm Stadium. Liljefors is mainly represented at the National Museum, Waldemarsudde and the Thielska gallery in Stockholm.

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