"Margit and red flowers"
Signed Bror Hjorth. Executed in 1941. Canvas 116 x 89 cm. Frame by the artist.
1 400 000 - 1 800 000 SEK
138 614 - 178 218 EUR
Fritzes Kungl. Hovbokhandel, Stockholm; managing director Gunnar Holmgren, Stockholm.
Artur Lundkvist, 'Bror Hjorth 1943', article in "Konstrevy", 1943, mentioned p. 97; Bror Hjorth, "Mitt liv i konsten", 1967, listed in the artist's own catalogue, p. 201.
In the 1920s, Bror Hjorth painted about forty oil paintings, but in the 1930s only eleven. A contributing factor was probably the widespread perception that Bror Hjorth was primarily a sculptor. In 1941 he hired the fifteen-year-old model Margit, and took up painting again with renewed enthusiasm.
In front of the beautiful Margit, who was Hjorth's model between 1941-45, he overcame the inhibitions he had suffered as a painter throughout the 1930s. He found her beautiful as a flower and during the rest of the 1940's he performed a series of paintings with young girls in colorful interiors or in lush gardens.
These portraits are executed in a more naturalistic style, moving away from earlier expressionistic and primitivistic styles. The modeling is softer, the colors cooler and the style more sober, almost classical. One can often imagine almost sculptural qualities in the depiction of the portrayed girls and the composition is finely tuned with Margit sitting in a classic three-quarter profile against the background that consists of the artist's garden. Organic shapes and contrasting colors are added through tree branches, shrubbery and colorful flowers and contrasts against the model's red shoes and boldly patterned skirt.
The auction's work "Margit och röda blommor" (Margit with red flowers) show Bror Hjorth’s greatness as a portraitist and the clear, unmixed primary colours show his exquisite touch when it comes to colours.
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.