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Important Spring Sale – Pedro Westerdahl lists favourites in the upcoming auction

Specialists choice Pedro Westerdahl

We have spoken with Pedro Westerdahl, Specialist Classic Art 19th/20th Century, who talks about the selection at this spring's Important Spring Sale. He also takes the opportunity to list some of his favourite objects among the substantial selection in this spring's auction.

What can we look forward to in this spring's Important Spring Sale auction?
- This year's Important Spring Sale includes a lot of high-quality art in the classic segment! The range is topped by significant works signed by greats such as Carl Fredrik Hill, Helene Schjerfbeck and Bruno Liljefors, to name a few. In addition to these masters, we also present several highly interesting compositions of a kind that rarely, if ever, appear at auction. These include Olof Sager-Nelson's colouristically fine-tuned French motif "Landscape from Meudon" and Karin Larsson's lovely "Cherry Blossom", which depicts a spring landscape in the area around Grez just outside Paris. In terms of estimates, there is a large selection of high quality works in all price ranges. Anyone with a good eye will be able to identify some affordable "pearls" when the catalogue is published and the viewing opens. Personally, I am a little extra fond of Axel Jungstedt's "Waterlily Pond."

What should you think about if you want to buy classic art?
- The basic rule is, as always, no matter what type of art it is, that you should always buy with your heart and for money that you can spare. In the best of all worlds, acquiring art can prove to be a good investment over time, but there are never any guarantees. Therefore, if you buy with your heart, i.e. art that you appreciate having around you, then that feeling is in itself a good investment in your well-being. In general, it is wise to invest in quality. Thus, it can be good to save some money over time to acquire a "good" work within its category or genre when the opportunity arises. Knowledge is also a significant factor. It is wise to follow what is happening through publications, literature, exhibitions at museums, art galleries and auction exhibitions. A sometimes unused resource of information for a novice collector is us, the specialists at the auction houses. We are driven by interest and passion and have, after all, managed to build up a certain level of knowledge over the years. Most of us are therefore very eager to share what we know and can. It's, as I said, just to ask...

What makes classic art interesting to you?
- As with most art created by humans over the millennia, it's probably about what art can tell about the time it was created. How did people live? What were the relationship with nature and the constantly growing urban environment? What were the conditions like for female artists? Which artistic impulses were spread across different national borders, and how were they absorbed and adapted by artists in other countries? The questions can be expanded indefinitely. A seemingly ordinary landscape motif, for example, can say a great deal about the socio-economic conditions that prevailed at the site at the time. It's just a matter of knowing what to look for. Of course, I am also fascinated by the technical skill with which many artists performed their motifs.
Feel free to look through our web catalogue and do not hesitate to stop by for a viewing. You can also email or call me, and we will find a time that suits you. Welcome!

When is the viewing and auction?
Bukowskis Important Spring Sale
Viewing 27 May – 1 June, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm, Stockholm.
Open: Mon–Fri 11 AM – 6 PM, Sat–Sun kl 11 AM –5 PM
Auction 2 – 4 June, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.

Read more about the auction and view the catalogue

Carl Fredrik Hill "Landscape with fruit trees"

"Landscape with fruit trees" perpetuates the French river landscape around Bois-le-Roi, a place that would play a decisive role in Carl Fredrik Hill's artistic development in the spring and summer of 1877. The painting was probably executed relatively soon after Hills arrival in the area at the turn of the month, March/April. Spring still seems to be approaching, and the river bend is visible between the still bare tree trunks, which, at this stage, so far show only a modest hint of flowering.
"Landscape with fruit trees" can be considered as a portal work from this important period where the composition. It provides a summary overview that allows the viewer to sense the unique depictions of flowering fruit trees and river bend. Ever since I saw the painting at the National Museum's exhibition in 1999, I have been fascinated by how the artist has managed to capture the peculiar light that rests over the area in this landscape. The whole composition breathes fresh spring and silence. Art historian Viggo Loos wrote in 1945 about how he in the current painting could sense "the feeling of happiness that gripped him [Hill] in the face of the bright greenery, the silver lustre of the river and the bluish heights of the background".

To "Landscape with fruit trees"

Helene Schjerfbeck "Girl with Blue Ribbon".

The adorable girl with the blue ribbon was named Fanny and was one of the children who lived in Helene Schjerfbeck's neighbourhood during the significant years in Hyvinge, north of Helsinki. During this time in Hyvinkää that Schjerfbeck's distinctive, simplified and highly concentrated design language developed in a pronounced modernist direction. The sparse and refined portrait appeals to me because of the girl's presence in her intense gaze that directly captures the viewer's interest.

Bid on "Girl with Blue Ribbon"

Bruno Liljefors "Fox and magpies"

I have always been fascinated by Bruno Liljefors' technical craftsmanship as an artist. The composition's Darwinian depiction of the living conditions of wild animals has been portraited on the canvas in a way that is characterized by Liljefors' masterful touch as a painter during the 1880s. His brilliant depiction of the fox's fur, the duck's feathers and the surrounding near nature almost shine. The technical skill of painting impresses the viewer so much that the story of the motif, more or less, is forgotten. The fox has just laid down its prey, and Liljefors has immortalized a moment of silence after the bloody hunt. The quality of the painting is so high that the composition can be mistaken for a photograph from a distance.

To "Fox and magpies"

Olof Sager-Nelson "Landscape from Meudon".

Works by Olof Sager-Nelson are extremely rare on the market. The artist's life was short - he died, only 27 years old, in the oasis Biskra in Algeria, where he sought to cure his pneumonia. Before that, however, he had had time to visit both Paris and Bruges. This suggestive autumn landscape from the outskirts of Paris appeals to me through the well-balanced, sometimes intense, parts of the composition's colour scheme.
Ragnar Hoppe wrote the following about the painting in 1954: "With a suggestive power, the artist captures the hot flow of autumnal afternoon light over the landscape's richly changing vegetation, the solid mass of the house cube and the darkly cloudy sky. He has masterfully produced the contrast between warm and cold tones, which he tunes to a colouristic harmony. There is also reason to admire his lively brushwork and the superiority with which he mastered the composition in the height format so typical of the era".

Bid on "Landscape from Meudon"

Karin Larsson "Cherryblossoms"

The idyllic shimmer that rests over "Cherryblossoms" can probably be explained by the feelings this lovely French landscape aroused in the artist. When Karin Bergöö, in the spring of 1884, immortalized the current landscape with flowering fruit trees in Grez, her life was characterized by total harmony and unmistakable happiness. A few years after the painting was made, in the spring of 1886, she wrote in a letter to Carl Larsson, who was then in Grez on his own: "... you are in Grez, the most glorious, lovely place on earth! I have spent so many times there, happy moments. From the day you first said you held me dear, everything around me was suddenly filled with jubilant life and happiness, the sun shone warmer, the grass smelled, and the birds sang like they never did before ".
Whenever I look at the oil painting in question, I feel like travelling. The composition makes you think of France, and the frame evokes associations of the Far East and Japan. Interestingly, "Cherryblossoms" was also shown at the acclaimed travelling exhibition "The Painters in Grez-sur-Loing" in Japan in 2000-2001.

To "Cherryblossoms"

Contact our Specialists

Pedro Westerdahl
Pedro Westerdahl
Specialist Classic Art 19th/20th Century
+46 (0)761 36 66 33
Carl Barkman
Carl Barkman
Head Specialist Fine Art and Antiques
+46 (0)708 92 19 71
Andreas Rydén
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Björn Extergren
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fine Art Stockholm. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61