william lonnberg Landscape Painting - Scandinavian Modernist: Lighthouse at Helsingor. Exhibited at Venice Biennale
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william lonnberg
Scandinavian Modernist: Lighthouse at Helsingor. Exhibited at Venice Biennale



A modernist masterpiece by William Lönnberg (1887 - 1949) which was exhibited at the 17th Venice Biennale in 1930! Lönnberg was a Finnish Expressionnist who belonged to the November group of artists. Having studied at the School of Arts and Design from 1903-1906 and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki from 1906-1908, he spent time in Hamburg/Germany before settling in Denmark. He lived in Helsingør (that's Shakespeare's Elsingore) in an artist's colony with Niels-Peder Rydeng, a patron of the arts, whose daughter Alma he would marry. Our painting represents Helsingor's lighthouse, and was sold to a previous owner by Alma Lönnberg. Painted in 1928, it was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and subsequently, at the Exhibition of Finnish Art in Berlin in 1935. Exhibition and shipping labels as supporting evidence, the painting is historically interesting as well as striking in its modernity. Oil on its original canvas and stretcher, measuring 65 x 100 cm. Overall framed size 72 x 107 cm.


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    william lonnberg (1887 - 1949, Finnish)
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  • Condition Details
    A number of small puncture holes in the canvas have been professionally restored (see photo of the verso). Canvas surface slightly uneven. Losses to lacquer on frame
  • Dimensions
    H 25.6 in. x W 39.38 in.H 65 cm x W 100 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Norwich, GB
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