artist: Folke Persson (Swedish 1905-1964)
medium: oil on panel
dimensions: 35 x 27 cm panel size (approx) / 36 x 28 cm frame size (approx)
presented in a new off white painted timber frame
AU $515 (approx US $350 / 350 EUROS / 49,000 yen / 305 GBP - for exact current conversion visit xe.com)
Folke Natanael Persson was born January 23, 1905 in Gothenburg. He was a Swedish painter, graphic designer, illustrator, artisan and writer.
Persson was the son of the timber merchant Nathan Persson and Karin Persson (née Liedquist). After school he studied at the Slöjdföreningens skola in Gothenburg from 1922 to 1925, and then at the Konsthögskolan (Academy of Arts) in Stockholm between 1927 and 1930. He has been described as an “expressionist impressionist" and painted portraits in the environment, Bohuslän landscapes, embankments and harbour scenes, often with brutal effects. He has also produced lithographs, book bindings and theatre decorations. He created work for the Donsö church in 1955.
As an illustrator he produced work for a number of books including two titled by Gunnar Bohman - Kalle och Adas visor (Kalle and Ada's songs) (1937) and Valser och visor med Kalle och Ada (Waltzes and songs with Kalle and Ada) (1939), and Göteborg by Ebbe Linde (1948). He illustrated his own books including Motsols kring stan : en skissbokskrönika, (Counterclockwise around town: a sketchbook chronicle) (1938), Arabesk : teckningar, målningar, minnen (Arabesque: Drawings, Paintings, Memories) (1940), Mellan vakterna (Between the Guards) (1941), and Antologia Gothoburgensis (1953) (publisher, together with Agne Rundqvist).
Examples of Persson’s work are held in the collections of the National Museum in Stockholm, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum, Malmö Art Museum, Gävle Museum, Norrköping Art Museum and Ystad Art Museum.
He was married to fellow artist Britta Krüger (1923-2005). Persson passed away at the age of 59 on July 24, 1964. He is buried at Örgryte Old Cemetery in Gothenburg.