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Modern Art + Design presents: Waldemar Lorentzon

Waldemar Lorentzon


Bukowskis presents Waldemar Lorentzon’s “Fiskaren” at the Modern Art + Design auction. Viewing is open from the 12th to the 16th of May, the auction will take place on the 17th and 18th of May.

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Lorentzon & the Post-Cubism

In the early 1920s, Waldemar Lorentzon and Erik Olson travelled to Paris and began apprenticeships with Fernand Léger at his Academie Moderne.
Waldemar Lorentzon adopted Léger’s post cubism, where objects and figures were made up of geometric shapes that almost looked machine-made.

In the late 1920s, Lorentzon became freer in his way of using Léger’s theories – he created a series of paintings where man is at the centre as the subject. The figures have explicit attributes that make them easy to identify: athletes, farmers or, as seen here, a fisherman. The painting is set in Sweden, more specifically in the port of Mölle. In the foreground, the fisherman stands relaxed with a fish box on his shoulder. The shapes are flat and made of unmixed colour fields with precise contours.

› Signed Lorentz and dated -28. Canvas 101 x 74 cm. Estimate 1 500 000 – 1 800 000 SEK.

In “Six seekers’ journey - always on the move”, the art critic Viveca Bosson described her stay in Paris: “As important as the lessons learned in the academy was perhaps the spiritual climate around Léger, which Waldemar and Erik breathed daily. Léger confessed to the ‘new spirit’, esprit nouveau, which was based on the hopeful will of the post-war period to build a new, more humane society, where beauty and function merged into one unit. Its keywords were ‘order, purity, clarity."

In 1931 the work “Fiskaren” was exhibited at Galleri Modern in Stockholm. In the newspaper N.D.A. the journalist Efr. L-ki wrote the following: “Much of what is exhibited seems to be an arid abstraction. In my view, Waldemar Lorentzon, Stellan Mörner and Erik Olson are the three best in the group. Lorentzon has the richest colour register and the least schematic morphology.”

“Fiskaren” was the most admired work in the entire exhibition, according to Hallandsposten, on February 25th 1931. Waldemar Lorentzon was eager to borrow this artwork for several significant exhibitions – however the owners, the sculptor Christian Eriksson and his wife Ebba, disagreed.

The work will be sold at the Modern Art + Design auction on May 17th – 18th.

Viewing May 12th – 16th, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Auction Live May 17th – 18th, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.
Catalogue Online May 3rd.

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