Portrait depicting Sonja Jablonska
Signed Dardel and dated 1928. Canvas 60 x 82 cm.
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
79 208 - 99 010 EUR
Director Hugo Heyman, Gothenburg.
Private collection, Stockholm.
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "Nils Dardel", 1939, cat no 179.
Åmells Konsthandel, Stockholm, "Nils Dardel - Människan, målaren, myten", 11-31 October, 2014.
Karl Asplund, "Nils Dardel", 1933, listed incorrectly under year 1929, p. 24.
Thora Dardel, "Modeller i blyerts av Nils von Dardel", 1944, the model and work mentioned, compare with pencil drawing reproduced.
Karl Asplund, "Nils Dardel, del II. De senare åren", 1958, listed p. 262.
Erik Näslund, "Dardel", 1988, the model mentioned on p. 263, also compare with painting "Oxögat", illustrated in color p. 278 where the model is included.
Åmells Konsthandel, exhibition catalogue, "Nils Dardel - Människan, målaren, myten", mentioned and illstrated p. 68-69.
Between 1919-1932, Nils Dardel rented an apartment and studio on Rue Lepic 108 in Paris. The space functioned not only as a studio but also as a meeting place for Nils and Thora Dardel's friends. Interesting cultural personalities, artists, writers, and models where frequent guests.
Sonja Jablonska was Ukrainian and not a central figure in Nils and Thora's circle of friends, however, it appears from Thora's own writings that she thought highly of her, which was not common when it came to Nils' models.
Sonja is portrayed in a liberated pose with one breast exposed. She has a fashionable, dark short-cut page and looks like a "garçonne girl" typical of the 1920s. She leans relaxed over the table and looks at the artist with a sensual and amused look. Dardel liked to portray strong and confident women and in his oeuvre, there are several examples like with models depicted naturalistic with distinguished features. Sonja looks strong and is portrayed against Dardel's typical contrasting colors; bright green and orange.
When is the viewing and auction?
Bukowskis Modern Art + Design
Viewing 5 – 9 May, Bukowskis, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Auction 10 – 11 May, starts 1 pm, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.