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Max Walter Svanberg

(Sweden, 1912-1994)
35 000 - 40 000 SEK
3 160 - 3 610 EUR
3 350 - 3 830 USD
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50 000 SEK
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Max Walter Svanberg
(Sweden, 1912-1994)

”Hennes hjärta (aggression och smeksam blomning)”.

Signed max walter s and dated -58. Watercolour and gouache 44 x 36 cm.


Riksförbudet för bildande konst, exhibition no. 193.

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Max Walter Svanberg was a Swedish surrealist who played a key role in the international art world, mainly during the 1950s. Today, Max Walter Svanberg is considered to be one of the internationally known Swedish artists. During the years surrounding the creation of the auction's artwork (1958), Max Walter Svanberg participated in many large and international exhibitions.

Just before Max Walter Svanberg painted the auction's work, "Her Heart (Aggression and Caressing Bloom)" in 1958, he met and was inspired by André Breton in Paris. The French poet's book "Manifestes du Surréalisme" is considered the single most important document ever written on Surrealism.

Max Walter Svanberg's breakthrough came in his hometown of Malmö in 1956 at Galerie Colibri. The exhibition catalog contained texts written by both André Breton and Louis-Paul Favre. The Malmö poet Ilmar Laaban praised the paintings as "heraldic eroticism in grotesque patterns, polished with precious stones". In the latter half of the 1950s, Svanberg worked in depth with his own technique, "pearl mosaic".

Max Walter Svanberg's surreal world leaves no one untouched. It can almost be classified as an art form where the images are characterized by a tension centered around women and beauty. Especially internationally, Max Walter Svanberg is considered to have had the same importance for surrealism in Sweden as Paul Delvaux in Belgium, Toyen in the Czech Republic, Wilhelm Freddie in Denmark and Mac Zimmermann in Germany.