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Poul Ekelund, Denmark, Oil on Board, Modernist Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (1921-1976), Denmark. Oil on board. Modernist landscape, 1960s. The board measures: 29 x 19 cm. The frame measures: 10 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Poul Ekelund, Denmark, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (1921-1976), Denmark. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 8.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Poul Ekelund, Denmark, Oil on Canvas, Landscape with Houses, 1965
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (1921-1976), Denmark. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape with yellow houses. Dated 1965. The canvas measures: 66 x 54 cm. The frame measures: 2.5 cm. In excellent con...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Poul Ekelund Danish painter, Oil/Canvas, Modernist Landscape
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (b. 1921, d. 1976) Danish modernist painter. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. 1950s. In very good condition. Signed. The canvas measures: 65 x 58 cm. The frame me...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Poul Ekelund, Denmark, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, 1966
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (1921-1976), Denmark. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. Dated 1966. The canvas measures: 53.5 x 48.5 cm. The frame measures: 4 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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A Close Look at scandinavian-modern Furniture

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair and Berlin daybed, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak.

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

Finding the Right Paintings for You

When paired with the perfect frame, the right wall decorations can either subtly showcase your personality or steal the show altogether. 

The earliest paintings were created on the walls of caves, proving even our ancient ancestors knew that striking artwork is meant to be on display. Cave paintings on an Indonesian island are reportedly older than the earliest cave art in Spain and France, and the figurative paintings back then were produced with inorganic pigments like iron oxide. Later, the people of Ancient Greece — who learned about art from the Egyptians before them — conceived panel paintings of wax and tempera that were collected and publicly displayed. In the centuries that followed, artists would be commissioned to create large-scale wall murals and frescoed ceilings in sprawling European palaces and in the homes of the aristocracy.

Today, 1stDibs makes it easy for you to celebrate this rich history in your own home. Our collection of paintings includes Art Deco paintings, baroque art and a broad range of other categories. Search by material, period or other attributes to find the right fit — browse an array of 19th century landscape paintings in giltwood frames or abstract oil paintings and portraits made during the 1950s and ‘60s.

An understated contemporary work can complement your space’s color palette without drawing the focus away from the other pivotal design choices you’ve made over the years. Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop art, on the other hand, demands attention with its array of vibrant hues and subjects inspired by popular culture. 

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