artist: Edvin Ollers (Swedish 1888–1959)
medium: oil on canvas laid on panel
dimensions: 45 x 37 cm artwork size / 63 x 55 cm framed size (approx)
signed and dated 1954
presented in its original freshly restored frame
AU $770 (approx US $535 / 525 EUROS / 72,000 yen / 4555 GBP - for exact current conversion visit xe.com)
Edvin Ollers (originally Olsson) was born March 28, 1888 in Norrtälje. He was a Swedish artist and designer.
Ollers studied at the Högre konstindustriella skolan (Higher School of Art and Design) in Stockholm from 1905 to 1909, and at the Gothenburg Museum of Drawing and Painting (Valand Academy of the Arts) in Gothenburg 1909 to 1910. He was a drawing teacher at Östra Real in Stockholm between 1910 and 1916 and an assistant teacher at the Tekniska skolan (Technical School) in Stockholm from 1911 to 1943.
He was a multi-talented designer and artist and designed glass, ceramics, tin, silver, cast iron objects and illustrations, bookbinding and textiles alongside his painting. He became one of the first Swedish art industry designers. As a teacher and art educator, he was an aesthetic educator. In 1919, Gotthard Johansson described him as ‘one of the most thoroughly cultivated artists’. One of his great interests was to study Museums' older collections and their design language. This is reflected in his design, which bears clear traces of older Swedish traditions.
In 1941, Ollers started a private painting school on the island of Gullholmen in Bohuslän in Orust municipality outside Lysekil, He ran a painting school in the summer. In 1946 he became a vocational teacher at the Konstfackskolan (School of Art) in Stockholm. For a long period, up until 1950, Ollers also worked in tin for Schreuder & Olsson, and in silver with for GAB (Guldsmedsaktiebolaget - a Swedish manufacturer of cutlery in silver and nickel silver in Eskilstuna).
His cool Cézanne-inspired painting include still lifes, southern landscapes and scenes from Bohuslän.
Oller’s work is represented in numerous collections including work at the National Museum in Stockholm, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Statens museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Stockholm City Museum, Uppland Museum in Uppsala, Uppsala Art Museum, Röhsska Art Craft Museum in Gothenburg, Småland Museum/Swedish Glass Museum/Kulturpark in Växjö, Kulturen in Lund, Östergötland County Museum in Linköping, Norrköping Art Museum, Jönköping county museum, Glasets Hus in Limmared, Malmöhus, Kalmar Art Museum and The Glass Factory, Boda glasbruk.
Ollerrs passed away at the age of 71 on December 2, 1959 in Stockholm. He is buried at Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm.