Gösta Adrian-Nilsson Handbollsspelare
GAN’s fascination for sportsmen and athletes started during his time in Berlin 1913-14. In the catalogue for the exhibition at Mjellby art museum in Halmstad 2002 Jan Torsten Ahlstrand wrote:
” After the return to Lund in August 1914, GAN rented a room at Idrottsgatan, near the sports ground, where he could study muscular young men in action. This inspired him to some futurist paintings with athletes, a high jumper, a shot putter and some football players (…) GAN was particularly drawn to rough sports like football, boxing and rugby which for him symbolized the struggle of life. Among his literary favourites was Jack London, whose social Darwinist and Nietzschean-colored novel had made a strong impression on him.”
The auction’s work ”Handballplayers” is executed in 1926. The provenance is the silver smith Wiwen Nilsson, who was a good friend of GAN. They both got to know each other in Paris in spring 1924, which was the beginning of a lifelong friendship and artistic collaboration. They both, in their own way, had an important impact on Swedish modernism during the first half of the last century.
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