artist: Victor Axelson (Swedish 1883-1954)
medium: oil on wood panel
dimensions: 80 x 70 cm frame size (approx)
signed and dated -45
presented in its original frame
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Victor Axelson was born September 10, 1883 in Folkärna, Kopparberg. He was a Swedish painter.
Axelson studied at the Tekniska skolan in 1903, at Althin's målarskola and from 1907 to 1910 at the Konstakademien (Academy of Fine Arts). In the autumn of 1911, he traveled to Paris where he pursued self-study for just over six months before returning to Sweden. Together with artist friends Torsten Palm and Alf Munthethe first Swedish Intimists - a term coined in December 1917 by August Brunius in a review in Dagens Nyheter and which he used to characterise the three painters who exhibited together at the time. He lived and worked in the artist collective at Smedsudden from 1917 to 1919. Axelsson belonged to the artist group Falangen which dominated artist life in Sweden during the 1920s. Between 1920 and 1923, he made a longer study trip to Paris with shorter detours to Italy and Spain. Based on influences of Paul Cézanne, Axelson developed a calm style with a slightly cool colour scheme. His landscape and Stockholm works have an intimate and tranquil touch. He was also involved in the founding of the art gallery Färg och Form (Colour and Shape) in 1932.
Axelson exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. As a member of the artist group Falangen he participated in several of the group's exhibitions. He had several solo exhibitions at Färg och Form in Stockholm including shows there in 1934, 1940 and 1948, Sommar i Provence (Summer in Provence) in 1952, and Tre år i Frankrike (Three Years in France) in 1950. He exhibited with Stig Åsberg at Färg och Form in 1954, with Hjalmar Grahn, Hilding Linnqvist Axel Nilsson, William Nording and Gunnar Svenson at Nerman's Art Gallery in Norrköping in 1941. This was followed by another exhibition there in 1942 with Ture Dahlö Lars Florén and Hjalmar Grahn. He exhibited
He was represented in the Riksförbundet (National Association for Visual Arts ) travelling exhibition The Intimists.
Examples of Axelson’s work are held in the collections of the Gothenburg Art Museum, the Sörmland Museum and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
He passed away on January 1, 1954 in Högalid, Stockholm.