Torun's earliest works were influenced by ethnic art, especially African. She made them while she went to art college, and her wallet was pretty thin. She sold the jewellery at Svenskt Tenn. With the money Torun received for them, new material could be procured.
You can already see here how inspired Torun was by contemporary sculpture. In the summer of 1948, Torun was in Paris and met many contemporary artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Brancusi, of whom she was strongly impressed. Probably only a few of these early works have retained their identity and survived to this day..
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