artist: Lennart Palmér (Swedish 1918-2003)
medium: oil on canvas
dimensions: 26 x 40 cm artwork size (approx) / 28 x 42 cm frame size (approx)
dated 1955 on verso
presented in a new hand finished timber frame
AU $365 (approx US $260 / 225 EUROS / 27,500 yen / 200 GBP - for exact current conversion visit xe.com)
Lennart Albert Palmér, born July 14, 1918 in Eksjö, Jönköping was a Swedish painter and illustrator.
He trained at Otte Sköld's painting school in Stockholm and during a large number of study trips to various art museums in Europe, particularly in Paris. He took his first study trip to France in 1951 where the older masters at the country's largest national museum, the Louvre made a strong impression on him. Other strong influences on his work were he Impressionists and Paul Cézanne at Jeu de Paume. Lennart Palmér himself expressed that nature exists as a source of inspiration for all his painting, but it is not about painting of what is seen, but of letting it be transformed into images of rhythm, light and colour. Palmér’s work was initially described as naturalistic, but in the 1960s it turned to concreteism and then later to more colourful, abstract shapes, and later to geometric shapes. He was awarded the Jönköping County Cultural Scholarship in 1978.
Examples of Palmér’s work are held in collections including the Jönköping County Museum, Kalmar County Museum, Kalmar Art Museum, at the Småland Art Archive and at the museums in Eksjö and Värnamo. His art is is represented in public decorations in Eksjö and at the county hospital Ryhov in Jönköping. A film about Lennart Palmér was made by Helena Paulin-Strömberg.
Palmer died on August 16, 2003 in Höreda Parish, Jönköping aged 85.