artist: Tor Otto Fredlin (Swedish 1890-1955)
medium: oil on panel
dimensions: 38 x 46 cm artwork size / 50 x 58 cm frame size
presented in its original frame
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Tor Otto Fredlin was a Swedish painter and illustrator born 1890 in Härnösand.
Fredlin studied painting at Althin's painting school in Stockholm in 1910. In 1920 he settled in Lund, where he became one of the founders of the Konstföreningen Aura (Aura Art Association) in 1928. He undertook study trips in 1924 to Germany and France.
Best known for his painted landscapes incorporating natural flora and fauna - small animals and birds, flowers and mushrooms. A certain fairy-tale atmosphere permeates much of Fredlin's work. He was an amateur biologist with extensive knowledge of his subjects - evidenced by the detail of the characteristic features of different species depicted in his work. Fredlin also worked as an illustrator. He did colour illustrations for "The World of Animals" by by Professor Bertil Hanström, Hugo Granviks “From Sweden's Flora”, and for the children's books "Pelle Kanin and Other Animals" by Maja Akerholm.
Fredlin had solo exhibitions throughout his career including ones in Härnösand in 1915 and 1919, in Uppsala in 1917, and in Lund in 1924. He participated in the "Swedish Animal Painters” exhibition" in Stockholm in 1918. He exhibited in many group shows including the majority of the Aura Art Association’s exhibitions.
He also worked as an illustrator. He did colour illustrations for "The World of Animals" by by Professor B. Hanström, for the children's books "Pelle Kanin and other animals" by Maja Akerholm.
Examples of Fredlin’s work are represented in public collections of the Malmö Museum and Lund University Art Museum.
Fredlin passed away in Lund, Sweden in 1955.