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Lena Cronqvist

(Sweden, Born 1938)
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
5 480 - 7 310 EUR
5 750 - 7 660 USD
Hammer price
130 000 SEK
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Lena Cronqvist
(Sweden, Born 1938)

'Rökrummet' (The Smokkin Room)

Signed Lena Cronqvist and dated 1971. Oil on canvas 120 x 115 cm.


Konstakademien, Stockholm.
Art for the Globe Collection


Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm.
Museet Kulturhuset, Borås.
Bror Hjorts Hus, Uppsala, 'Konstsalong 70-tal', 4 December 2021 – 30 January 2022.


SAK, "Lena Cronqvist", 2003, illustrated p. 45.


Lena Cronqvist is born and raised in Karlstad. Her interest for the arts came early in her life, and she spent the first year of her studies in England, near Bristol’s Art School. Upon her arrival back in Sweden, Cronqvist began a short-lived education at Konstfack, leaving to study painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. When examining Lena Cronqvist's painting, it delves into "painting" in its more traditional sense. She is indeed a painter in the grand modern tradition, frequently turning to Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon’s art as inspirational sources. Yet she also had numerous art historical references and a deep love for the craft. Cronqvist excelled as a colourist, finding harmony in the most unusual colour combinations – few have managed to paint warmth and cold successfully at the same time. Her subject matter is often perceived as challenging and overly private by many. She often models herself for her art, posing in mundane situations imbued with a sharp psychological character. Her “Modonna-pictures” from the 1970s are a good example of this. She turns our gaze away from the conventional, notably in her portrayal and depiction of girls, which is fascinating. Cronqvist depicts these girls as ugly, simple, and altogether uncomfortable – a great contrast to how woman were normally portrayed in art. In more recent years, Lena Cronqvist has studied the effect of aging, using herself as a study. Moreover, Cronqvist is a very successful sculptor, and several of her works in bronze have been sold great sums in the auction world. She is also gifted in graphic productions, of which “Strindbergsmappen” is the most well-known. Among her most renowned works is "The Betrothal," a paraphrase of Jan van Eyck's symbol-laden painting "The Arnolfini Portrait." In Cronqvist's reinterpretation, artist and husband Göran Tunström are the main characters, with equally weighty symbolism but carrying entirely different meanings. Where van Eyck's painting features a loyal dog, Cronqvist replaces it with a cat—a symbol of independence.

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