artist: Armand Rossander (Swedish 1914-1976)
medium: pastel on board
dimensions: 62 x 48 cm framed (approx)
signed and dated 1948
* presented in a new hand finished shadowbox timber frame with non reflective UV glass
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Armand Rossander was born November 2, 1914 in Spånga. He was a Swedish painter and illustrator.
Rossander studied at the Konstakademien (Academy of Fine Arts) in Stockholm and drew inspiration from art study trips to Germany, Czechoslovakia and France, He was part of the group 1947 års män - the artists who were shown in April 1947 at the group exhibition Ung konst at Galleri Färg och Form in Brunkebergstorg in Stockholm. The group comprised 12 participating artists - in addition to Rossander were fellow painters Lennart Rodhe, Olle Bonniér, Karl Axel Pehrson, Pierre Olofsson, Randi Fisher, Olle Gill, Lage Lindell, Uno Vallman and the sculptors Liss Eriksson and Knut Erik Lindberg. This exhibition is noted in art history writing as the single most important factor for the breakthrough of Konkret konst (concrete art) in Sweden. The concept of concrete art was introduced by Theo van Doesburg who in 1930 , together with Otto G. Carlsund and other young artists, founded the group Art concret on a neoplasticist basis. The Art Concret group soon disbanded, but the concrete art continued in France , Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and in Sweden.
Rossander worked in various mediums including oil and pastel. His works often depict abstract and to some extent stylised figures and landscapes. These testify to the striving for social psychological analysis but there is also a playfulness to his work. Among his public art, which well represents this, are 20 leaded glass works of art and can be found at the restaurant Tyrolens torn on Gröna Lund in Stockholm. They were made at D. Lindholm's art glass mastery in 1942. Each window is illuminated from behind and shows different motifs from Gröna Lund's attractions including dance floor, chain aviator, variety show, the Blue Train, the Funhouse.
Examples of Rossander’s work are held in collections of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Gothenburg Art Museum, Arkiv för dekorativ konst (Archive for Decorative Art) in Lund, Kalmar Art Museum, Småland Museum in Växjö, the Jönköping County Museum and the National Gallery in Oslo.
He passed away on November 21, 1976 in Stockholm at the age of 62.