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John Jon-And – Painter, Etcher and Illustrator

John Jon-And was born in Gothenburg and early showed artistic aptitude. In 1908–09 he took trips to Germany and England and was inspired by the new tendencies in painting. However, it was in connection with the 1913 trip to Paris, in the company of future wife Agnes Cleve, that Jon-And's actual maturity as a modernist artist began.

The trip meant a revolutionary reorientation for Jon-And's artistry and the previous lessons he had acquired under Carl Wilhelmson's instructions now had to give way to the impulses of modernism. Cubism was in vogue and Jon-And made special contact with Le Fauconnier. Jon-And initially felt both as an expressionist and a cubist when he tried to achieve formal firmness and free rhythmicity with a clear color approach. Jon-And is one of our first modernists who already in 1915 showed an unusual boldness in his painting. In his art, you can also clearly see his inspiration from artist such as Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky.

John Jon-And is represented in most major museums in Sweden and plays a central role in Swedish modernism.

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