artist: Birgit Forssell (Swedish 1909-2003)
dimensions: 40 x 33 cm canvas size / 42 x 35 cm frame size (approx)
medium: oil on canvas
dated 1959 on verso
presented in a new hand stained timber frame
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Birgit Forssell was a Swedish artist visual artist, born February 25, 1909 in Stockholm.
Forssell started painting in 1925 and spent 1926-1927 in Paris before she studied art at the Konsthögskolan (Art Academy) in Stockholm 1927-1933, as well as during travels in Budapest, Vienna, France and Denmark. She returned to Paris, where she studied with André Lhote between 1937 and 1939.
She had solo exhibitions at the Konstnärshuset in Stockholm, Konstgalleriet in Gothenburg, Paletten in Norrköping and the Gävle Museum. She participated in group exhibitions at the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Swedish-French Art Gallery) and the Svenska konstnärernas (Swedish Artists' Association) exhibitions. Forssell painted portraits, still life, and landscape paintings often with designs from Marstrand region. She is best know and most collected for her portraits of ballet dancers.
Examples of her work are held at the Museums in Norrköping and Gävle.
She was married to fellow artist Tore Nyberg. Forssell passed away in Stockholm on May 4, 2003 aged 94.