artist: Knut Gruva (Swedish 1902-1981)
medium: oil on canvas
dimensions: 45 x 32 cm canvas size / 49 1/2 x 36 1/2 cm frame size (approx)
signed and dated 60
presented in its original frame
AU $275 (approx US $175 / 165 EUROS / 19,000 yen / 145 GBP - for exact current conversion visit xe.com)
Knut Elis Gruva was a Swedish artist born on January 16, 1902 in Stockholm.
Gruva studied at Althin's målarskola (painting school) between 1921 and 1922 and then at the Stockholm Konsthögskolan (School of Art) from 1925 to 1929. He undertook study trips to Germany, Italy and France. Gruva debuted in a solo exhibition at Färg och Form in Stockholm in 1945 and the same year he exhibited alongside Einar Christiansson at Lorensberg's art gallery in Gothenburg. He participated in the Svenska konstnärernas förenings (Swedish Artists' Association) exhibition in 1946 and with the Sönderumsgruppen at Halland's Museum in 1947.
Among his public works is a large fresco painting which he executed at the Radiumhemmet at Karolinska Hospital. Gruva painted still lifes, interiors, scenes of working and landscape motifs.
Examples of Gruva’s work are held at the National Museum in Stockholm, the Moderna Museet, the Kalmar Art Museum, the Institute of Tessin and in several county councils and municipalities.
Gruva passed away in 1981.