Always at Wedholms
Karl Nordström, Sverige (1855-1923)
Karl Fredrik Nordström was a Swedish painter and one of the leading members of Konstnärsförbundet, which he chaired from 1896 until its dissolution in 1920.
Born on the island of Tjörn on the Swedish West Coast, Nordström studied at Principskolan, the preparatory school of the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm and the private painting school of Edvard Perséus, but was never promoted to the “Antique school” of the Academy but had to continue on his own. Traveling to Paris in 1881, he was influenced by the impressionists. He spent a couple of years in Grez-sur-Loing, the site of an important colony of Scandinavian artists, practising his plain air painting in the strong French sunlight. In 1885, he joined the group of young artists protesting against the policies and leadership of the Academy, and he was ever since 1886 one of the leading members of Konstnärsförbundet, the formalization of the opposition group. He was its chairman from 1896 until its dissolution in 1920.
Around 1890, he moved from his earlier impressionism towards a more synthetic style. His influences came from Japanese art, which he had encountered in Paris, and from Gauguin, whose paintings he first saw in photographs he had received from Ivan Aguéli.
One of Nordström’s old friends from the time at the Academy and in Perséus’ school, Nils Kreuger, had lived in the city of Varberg since 1888. He convinced Nordström to move there in 1892, and they were joined by another of their old friends, Richard Bergh, in 1893. He renewed his acquaintance with the work of Gauguin in Copenhagen in 1892, and with works by van Gogh, exhibited there the next year. His landscapes from Varberg and the Halland countryside were often characterized by the warm sunlight of dawn or dusk or the light Nordic summer nights and a progressively more synthetic style.
Today you will find his work at the national museum of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö art museum and in Oslo and Copenhagen and of course Wedholms Fisk.
Olle Baertling, Sverige (1911-1981)
Swedish abstract painter and sculptor, born in Halmstad. Has lived in Stockholm since 1928. Earned his living for many years by working in a bank, painting in his spare time. Painted in 1938 in a nordic expressionist style, then in 1939 turned to Matisse. In the mid 1940s began to develop towards abstraction. Visited Paris in 1948 and worked first with Lhote, then with Léger. Started in 1949 to paint completely abstract pictures with unbroken areas of color and distinct lines, and experimented briefly with circles and after-images; first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Samlaren, Stockholm, 1949. Met Herbin in Paris in 1950 and joined the Réalités Nouvelles. Began in 1951 to use oblique rather than horizontal-vertical lines, and since 1954 has worked exclusively with open acute angles to achieve open form. Has also made sculptures since 1954 and from 1958 has worked on painting and sculpture side by side, regarding them as identical expressions. Lives in Stockholm