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Erik Olson

(Sweden, 1901-1986)
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".
Erik olson, "fisher men by seine".

"Fisher men by Seine"

Signed Erik Olson and dated 1928. Canvas 81 x 65 cm.

Droit de suite: Yes
Estimate: 

1 500 000 - 2 000 000 SEK

148 515 - 198 020 EUR

Provenance

Eingineer Egon Östlund.
Gift to Karl and Märta Hultén from Egon Östlund's family 1952 (after Egon's death).
Acquired by Torsten Ahlstrand from Märta Ahlstrand (previous Hultén) 1975.
Torsten Ahlstrand.
Jan Torsten Ahlstrand, Lund

Exhibitions

(Troligtvis) Göteborgs Konstförening, Konsthallen, Götaplatsen, Göteborg, ”Utställning
av Oljemålningar, Akvareller, Teckningar och Skulptur”, 20 October – 5 November 1928, cat no. 115
(with title ”Fiskare”).
Halmstadutställningen, 1929,cat no. 3.
Liljevalchs konsthall, ”Halmstadgruppen”, 25 February – 19 March 1939, cat no. 349.
Riksförbundet för bildande konst, vandringsutställning 71, ”Abstrakt och surrealistiskt ur Egon
Östlunds samling”, 1949, cat no. 37 (with title ”Fiskare”, the exhibition opened at Borås konsthall
[later Borås konstmuseum] 8 September 1949, thereafter shown at several other museums).
Riksförbundet för bildande konst, ”Kiel–Hambourg”.
Lunds konsthall, 1979.
Malmö museum, 1979.
Ystads konstmuseum, ”Erik Olson”, 1982.
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, ”Halmstadgruppen 60 år. Halmstad – Berlin – Paris – Halmstad”,
7 April – 4 June 1989, cat no. 285 (with title ”Fiskare”).
(Probably) Mjällby Konstgård, Halmstad, ”Halmstadgruppen 60 år. Halmstad – Berlin – Paris – Halmstad”,
16 July – 17 September 1989.
(Probably) Amos Anderssons konstmuseum, Helsingfors, ”Föreningen Nutidskonst 50–årsjubileum”,
6 October – 26 November 1989”.
Mjällby konstgård, ”I Légers ateljé”, 19 July – 2 October 1994.
Thielska galleriet, Stockholm, ”1920–talets nordiska avantgarde”, 18 November 1995 – 21 January 1996,
cat no. 16.
Mjällby konstgård, ”Ett gränslöst äventyr”, 10 July – 19 September 1999.
SAK, uts med svensk konst från 1920–talet, 16 October – 21 November 1999.
Mjällby konstgård, ”Erik Olsons 100–årsutställning”, 6 May – 16 September 2001.
Mjellby konstmuseum, ”Otto G. Carlsund och konkretfiaskot i Stockholm 1930”, 13 June – 29 August
2004, cat no. 51.
Mjellby konstmuseum, ”Fernand Léger”, 29 May – 28 August 2005.
Lunds konsthall, ”Lunds konsthall 50 år”, 30 March – 20 May 2007.
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, ”Erik Olson – en sökares drömmar och
visioner”, 15 October 2011 – 26 February 2012.

Literature

”Konst i svenska hem”, vol. 3, listed p. 141 (with title ”Fiskare”) collection no. 165: ”Förste Maskiningenjör Egon Östlund, Norra vägen 4, Halmstad”.
Viveca Bosson, ”Halmstad-Berlin-Paris. Målar-resa genom 20-talet. Carlsund - Clausen - GAN - Jonson - Mörner - Lorentzon - A.Olson - E.Olson - Thorén – Österblom kring Archipenko – Léger – Ozenfant”, 1984, compare ”Fiskare vid Seine” (gouaches, 1928), ill p. 28.
Jan Torsten Ahlstrand, ’Halmstadgruppen – ett kollektiv av individualister’, article (red) Louise Robbert, ”Halmstadgruppen 60 år. Halmstad – Berlin – Paris – Halmstad”, 1989, mentioned pl. 25 and ill p. 26.
Viveca Bosson, ’Erik Olson och drömmen om muren’, article (red) Ulf Thomas Moberg, ”Nordisk konst i 1920-talets avantgarde”, 1995, mentioned p. 10 and ill fullpage in colour p. 11.
(red) Viveca Bosson, ”Erik Olson. En sökares vandring”, Del II, 2001, ill i colour p. 19.
Viveca Bosson, ’Möten med GAN ur bröderna Axel ock Erik Olsons dagböcker och brev’, article Jan Torsten Ahlstrand & Viveka Bosson m. fl. , "GAN. Gösta Adrian-Nilsson. Perioden 1914-1932", 2002, ill fullpage in colour (photo with Erik Olson på Ystads konstmuseum år 1982) p. 99.
Viveca Bosson, ”Halmstadgruppen. A force in 20th century Swedish art”, 2009, ill i colour p. 134 (with title ”Fiskare vid Seine”).
Viveca Bosson, ”Erik Olson. Arbeten på papper 1927-1933”, exhibitioncatalogue Galerie Bel’Art, Stockholm, 2018, compare ”Fiskare vid Seine” (gouache, 23,5 x 17 cm, 1928, from the artist's estate) ill fullpage in colour p. 41.

Related content

In the beginning of 1924, Erik Olson and his cousin Waldemar Lorentzon arrived in Paris. They belonged to the first circle of students at the continent's most prominent art school, Fernand Légers Académie Moderne in Montparnasse.
The stay in Paris made a deep impression on Erik, and he started to experiment with simplified forms, neoplastic expressions and less colour. "Fiskare vid Seine", painted in 1928, is a play with so called “impossible figures”. Erik evokes a sense of depth through shifts in the different surface levels while maintaining a flat surface. The shapes and figures constantly change place which gives a sense of space and architectural surface at the same time. "Fiskare vid Seine" is a key work in Erik Olson's production and is recurring in the literature about the artist and is frequently exhibited.
The painting is part of the GAN connoisseur & cultural personality Jan-Torsten Ahlstrand's collection.

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