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Modern Art + Design presents Sigrid Hjertén


Sigrid Hjertén

”Den skära flickan”


The painting in the auction, ”Den skära flickan”, from 1916, was included in two of the exhibitions that, for Sigrid Hjertén, were the most significant.


In 1910 the ‘Föreningen Svenska Konstnärinnor’ (an organisation for Swedish female artists) was founded in Stockholm by forty or so female artists. In April 1921 the organisation put together an exhibition at Liljevalchs Konsthall that attracted a lot of attention. Seventeen artists participated, including Maj Bring, Siri Derkert, Ruth Milles, Ellen Trotzig and Sigrid Hjertén.


› Executed 1916. Canvas 116 x 89.5 cm. Estimate 1 000 000 – 1 200 000 SEK.


The exhibition was savagely criticised by some. Albert Engström, for example, wrote in Strix: “The other day I visited the lady-exhibition at Liljewalch and never before have I seen something so terrible”. The exhibition was a “disgrace to the entire female race”. And, because the women apparently lacked any sense of self-criticism, they should be prohibited from “making blunders such as these on behalf of themselves and the country”, which is what he thought was happening.


Despite its harsh criticism the 1921 exhibition became important in confirming the role of female artists on the art scene, in the same year that women also gained the right to vote in Sweden.


Fifteen years later, in 1936, the situation for Hjertén was completely different. After having lived in Paris during the 1920s she suffered a breakdown in connection with the move back to Sweden at the beginning of the 1930s and ended up at the mental institution Beckomberga. After not working for an extended period she finally returned to painting. In 1936 she had a major solo exhibition at Konstakademien, which turned out to become her big public breakthrough.


Viewing November 11 – 16, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open Mon–Fri 11 am–6 pm, Sat–Sun 11 am–5 pm.
Auction Live November 17–18, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm



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All works by Sigrid Hjertén to be sold at Modern Art + Design


457. Sigrid Hjertén, A kiss on the hand.
Hammer price 
36 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
460. Sigrid Hjertén, Sigrid and Iván.
Hammer price 
28 000 SEK
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
462. Sigrid Hjertén, Southern landscape.
Hammer price 
150 000 SEK
Estimate 
175 000 - 200 000 SEK
499. Sigrid Hjertén, By the sea.
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
500. Sigrid Hjertén, "Den skära flickan".
Hammer price 
1 600 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 000 000 - 1 200 000 SEK
557. Sigrid Hjertén, The red ship.
Hammer price 
36 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
634. Sigrid Hjertén, Iván.
Hammer price 
80 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
635. Sigrid Hjertén, Southern landscape.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK


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