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Jan Håfström (Born 1937)

Ever since the 60s, Jan Håfström has been an important and clearly shining star in Swedish art and culture. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and painted "The Forest", 1968 and later "Grandmother", 1972, both of which have become classics and can be seen in the Moderna Museet's collection.

In 2001, he surprised the Swedish art public with the exhibition "Walker", at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. Out of the abstract, quiet, minimalist comes Mr. Walker and his fictitious, eventful world. Elements of childhood adventures and images depicting the disguised Mr. Walker aka the Phantom are in the paintings. This time in the form of cut-out, enlarged details. Like scenery that for once has the main role, the stories and adventures return in fragments and form a new story, about how it was and how it came to be. But Walker also moves in the same world as A. Böcklin's "Island of Death" 1880s and Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" from 1902. In the darkness of romance, death is fought and the creative power of life is allowed to win and triumph. In the story about Walker, Håfström combines the abstract canvases and the moods of the objects with the stories that were decisive and strongly influenced his life. The journey of childhood comes back in stripped down and renewed form.

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Jan Håfström, "The Mummy (purple)".
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Jan Håfström, "The Mummy (purple)".
Current bid 
4 100 SEK
Estimate
6 000 SEK
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458. Jan Håfström, "Den eviga återkomsten" (The eternal return).
458. Jan Håfström, "Den eviga återkomsten" (The eternal return).
Hammer price 
4 000 000 SEK
Estimate
4 000 000 - 6 000 000 SEK
288. Jan Håfström, "Återkomsten".
288. Jan Håfström, "Återkomsten".
Hammer price 
2 000 000 SEK
Estimate
2 000 000 - 3 000 000 SEK
318. Jan Håfström, "Mr Walker Alone".
318. Jan Håfström, "Mr Walker Alone".
Hammer price 
510 000 SEK
Estimate
500 000 - 700 000 SEK
621. Jan Håfström, "Mr Walker".
621. Jan Håfström, "Mr Walker".
Hammer price 
450 000 SEK
Estimate
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
394. Jan Håfström, "Angivaren II" (The informer II).
394. Jan Håfström, "Angivaren II" (The informer II).
Hammer price 
280 000 SEK
Estimate
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
285. Jan Håfström, "Berg".
285. Jan Håfström, "Berg".
Hammer price 
190 000 SEK
Estimate
200 000 - 300 000 SEK
156. Jan Håfström, "Mr Walker".
156. Jan Håfström, "Mr Walker".
Hammer price 
190 000 SEK
Estimate
150 000 - 175 000 SEK
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