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Axel Erdmann
Axel Erdmann, Kastellholmen, Oil Painting

1919

About the Item

This early to mid-20th-century oil painting by Swedish artist Axel Erdmann (1873-1954) depicts a view from the island of Kastellholmen, Stockholm. With Stockholm’s historic skyline providing a picturesque backdrop, a group of friends sit to chat. Washing hangs on a nearby line. Kastellholmen is known for its citadel, a small naval 17th-century fort atop a hill, which guarded Stockholm from potential foes. It was used as a lookout and famous for its forked Swedish flag, which flies majestically when all is well. But signifies trouble when it’s absent. Erdmann knew the island well and often painted the various environs of the capital. Perhaps he too rested here awhile with friends while admiring the vista. It’s an intelligent piece with a challenging composition, particularly due to the inclusion of a tree which divides the canvas. It’s dated 1919-1948, so presumably, it took almost 30 years to complete. Signed/dated lower right and framed. Provenance: Private collection, Sweden. Artist’s auction maximum: £3,652 Established in 2017, Brave Fine Art is a premier English art dealership based in Cheltenham with clients including national galleries and country estates. Our team includes a conservator, logistics specialist and art historian. Over 1,000 paintings have been transported to the US and Canada safely with hundreds of glowing reviews. We set our prices fairly from the start as we prefer to sell quickly and continually evolve the collection. Around 40 new discoveries are added every month. If you have any questions at all, we’d love to hear from you
  • Creator:
    Axel Erdmann (1873 - 1954, Swedish)
  • Creation Year:
    1919
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 30.5 in (77.47 cm)Width: 45.5 in (115.57 cm)
  • Medium:
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  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.
  • Gallery Location:
    Cheltenham, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2328213865772
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