artist: Tor Hörlin (Swedish 1899-1985)
medium: oil on panel
dimensions: 56 1/2 x 49 cm frame size (approx)
signed and dated 42
presented in its original frame with freshly repainted inner liner
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Tor Axel Hörlin was born on August 11, 1899 in Stockholm. He was a Swedish painter and print maker.
After completing school Hörlin studied at the Teknisk Aftonskola and then Althins målarskola. He followed this with study at Konstakademin (Art Academy) in Stockholm from 1919 to 1923. He was later head teacher at the Konstfackskolan (Art College) in decorative painting from 1947 to 1957 and a member of the Statens konstråd (State Council of Arts) between 1943 and 1949.
He was best known for his paintings and prints with subject matter of predominantly of landscapes and interiors, characterised by a simplified form, clean and clear colour scheme and an atmospheric poetic depiction of light.
Hörlin exhibited throughout his career in both solo and group exhibitions. Select solo exhibitions included ones in Stockholm 1931, 1934 at Konstnärshuset, 1940and 1943 at Färg och Form, 1955 at Galerie Blanche, Linköping 1931, Norrköping 1932 and 1941, Eskilstuna 1936, Borås 1944, at Gävle Museum in 1945 and Gothenburg Art Gallery in 1944. He exhibited alongside Stellan Mörner in the Uppsala Students’ Art Studio in 1943, and with Lars Norrman in the Bergslagsmuseet in Falun in 1956. He showed in the exhibition ‘Puristerna’ ('The Purists’) at the Art Gallery in Gothenburg in 1938 and 1941, summer exhibition at the Konstakademien in 1939, the exhibition 'Barnet i konsten’ (The Child in Art) at the Nordic Museum 1941, 'Nordisk konst’ ('Nordic Art’) in Copenhagen 1942, the Biennale in Venice 1942, ‘Puristerna’ ('The Purists’) at the Skänska konstmuseum in Lund 1943, the Nordiska konstförbundets utställningar (the Nordic Art Association) exhibitions in Oslo 1946 and Rome 1955 as well as a. in exhibitions arranged by the Värmland Artists' Association in 1927, 1929 and 1930, Värmland's Art Association annually from 1936 to 1945 and Sweden's All-Männa Art Association from 1933. He participated in at the HSB exhibitions 'God konst i alla hem’ ('Good Art in All Homes’) and at several of the Norwegian Confederation of Fine Arts' traveling exhibitions.
Hörlin produced a large number of decorative public works including pieces at Karolinska Hospital, glass, mosaic and wall painting at Kockum's mechanical workshop in Malmö, and fresco paintings in Swedish regional churches.
Examples of his work are held in numerous public collections including the National Museum in Stockholm, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Gothenburg Art Museum, Malmö Museum, Norrköping Art Museum and Örebro County Museum.
Hörlin passed away in 1985.