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Scandinavian Modern Paintings

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

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.

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Style: Scandinavian Modern
Abstract Scandinavian Painting, Watercolor & Acrylic on Paper by Jens Birkemose
Located in Salzburg, AT
Amazing abstract painting, in blueish-turquois-grey-black, harmonic composition. Signed by a great "B" in the left corner. Large format, black handworked frame, covered with plexigla...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Late 20th Century Wall Art "placenta" by Danish Artist John Olsen, Juli 1991
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative wall art by Danish artist John Olsen. Work is called "placenta", a session of 11 pieces. This is nr. 1. "Planceta" was presented at an exhibition in Milano. John Ols...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Cast Stone

Painting of a Danish Beach Signed Clement, circa 1930s
Located in Lejre, DK
Painting of a Danish beach signed by Clement from circa 1930s. Measurements without frame: H - 40 cm and W - 50 cm.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Paint

Painting by Sven Hansson, Sweden, 1985
Located in Stockholm, SE
Painting by Sven Hansson, Sweden, 1985. Oil on canvas. Provenance: from the collection of the artist's family. Signed and dated: "S. Hansson K. 1985" Measures: H 89.5 cm/ 2...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Two Mix Media Compositions by Bjørn Wiinblad
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Bjørn Wiinblad two round compositions of mix media with offset print and hand painted gold details.  
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Knud Horup, Denmark, Oil on Board, Modernist Landscape with Sunset
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Knud Horup (1926-1973), Denmark. Oil on board. Modernist landscape with sunset, 1960s. The board measures: 69 x 59 cm. The frame measures: 6 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Other

Swedish Artist, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, 1980s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Swedish artist. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape, 1980s. The canvas measures: 73 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 1 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Painting "Cupid with a broken bow"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame: height 50 cm / width 37 cm The painting: height 39.5 cm / width 26.5 cm.
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1890s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Canvas

European Modern Sculptural Ceramic Wall Art, Unknown Artist, ca 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
A fine unique sculptural ceramic wall unit in various brown and white colors. Made by an unknown artist, which makes it even more interesting. Signed Vinge. Ca 1950s. Nice structu...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Ceramic, Wood, Pine

Eric Cederberg, Listed Swedish Artist, Still Life with Pears, Gouache/Cardboard
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Eric Cederberg, listed Swedish artist. Still life with pears. Gouache on cardboard. Signed. Measures: 25 x 16 cm. The frame measures 5.5 cm. In perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Gösta Fougstedt, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Composition, 1965
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Fougstedt (1906-1975), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist composition. Dated 1965. The canvas measures: 81 x 54 cm. The frame measures: 0.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Painting "A Walk in the Park"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Painting "A Walk in the Park" Dimensions: Frame height 79 cm, width 82 cm The painting height 59 cm, width 72 cm.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Alf Olsson, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Sunset, Dated 1967
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Alf Olsson (b. 1925), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist sunset. Dated 1967. The canvas measures: 65 x 50 cm. The frame measures: 1 cm. In excellent condition. Signed and dated.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Greta Utbult, Listed Swedish Artist, Oil/Canvas, Modernist Landscape
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Greta Utbult (1914-2000), listed Swedish artist. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. Dated 1954. The canvas measures: 90 x 73 cm. The frame measures: 2 cm. In excellent condition....
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Modernist Urban Motif from 1956 of Copenhagen by Svend Aage Tauscher
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Svend Aage Tauscher (1911-1984), Danish artist. Oil on board. Modernist urban motif of Copenhagen. Dated 1956. The canvas measures: 100 x 85 cm. Signed SAAT 56 In very good condit...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

1963 Bengt Berglund Porcelain Enamel Abstract Wall Hanging
Located in Garnerville, NY
Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden enamel wall hanging. Signed and dated on reverse, Gustavsberg 63 and front lower left corner. Green background with blue and white abstracted s...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Metal, Enamel, Steel

Wonderful Antique Oil Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful Antique Oil Painting. Color in photos are not accurate. The colors are wonderful
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Early 20th Century Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Hans Øllgaard Modernist Oil Painting of Summer Landscape with Coast, Danish 1960
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Large oil on canvas painting by Danish artist Hans Øllgaard (b. 1911, d. 1969) depicting a summer landscape ca. 1950s or 60s at the time of harvesting hay. Coast line in the backgrou...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Pine

Oil Painting
Located in Malmo, SE
Oil painting by unknown artist.
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Brutalist Cityscape Wall Mounted Art Relief in Wood by Dorrit Kahler
Located in London, GB
Skyline cityscape wall relief build in blocks of rough textured wood and painted in black, white, orange & blue is made from the perspective of the waterfront river side. It is made ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

Knud Holar Oil Painting
By Knud Holar
Located in Malmo, SE
Oil painting by Knud Holar. Signed by K. Holar.
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Painting "Sailing ship at sea"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame: Height 78.5 cm / width 108.5 cm / dep. 6 cm Image: Height 65.5 cm / width 96 cm.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Bertil Berntsson, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare abstract oil on canvas painting by the Swedish artist Bertil Berntsson made in 1964. In good vintage condition with small signs of use. Framed in a pine frame. 129 x 120 x 2 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Pine

Nils Johansson, Sweden, Oil on Board, Abstract Composition
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nils Johansson (1922-2014), Sweden. Oil on board. Abstract composition. Mid-20th century. The board measures: 45 x 37 cm. The frame measures: 2 cm. In excellent condition. Sign...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Per Thorlin 'B. 1923', Norway, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Thorlin (b. 1923), Norway. Oil on canvas. Abstract landscape, 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 5.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Late 20th Century Wall Art "Placenta" by Danish Artist John Olsen, Juli 1991
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative wall art by Danish artist John Olsen. Work is called "placenta", a session of 11 pieces. This is nr. 6. 1-11 available. "Planceta" was presented at an exhibition in Mi...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Cast Stone

"Midsummer Blue" Swedish Abstract Expressionist Painting by Peter Astrom, 2006
Located in New York, NY
"Midsummer Blue", Swedish abstract expressionist watercolour collage painting on paper. Framed in white lacquered wood frame, measuring 41" length x 29.25" width x 1.25" depth. Pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper

William Scharff, Couple Playing Violin & Piano
Located in Nordhavn, DK
William Scharff 1886-1959. Couple playing the Violin & piano. Oil on canvas. In period gilded frame. Size with frame: 53x47 cm. Signed with monogram: W.S Measurement (cm) Frame...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting and Pine Frame by Bertil Berntsson, Sweden 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful and rare oil on canvas painting with a pine frame by Bertil Berntsson from the 1962. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Pine

Olof Larsen, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Modernist Landscape, Dated 1955
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Olof Larsen, Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract modernist landscape. Dated 1955. The canvas measures: 53.5 x 44.5 cm. The frame measures: 3.5 cm. Signed. In excellent condition.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Painting "Arc de Triomphe in Paris".
Located in Chorzów, PL
Painting "Arc de Triomphe in Paris". Dimensions: Frame: height 43 cm / width 73 cm / depth 6.5 cm Image: 30.5 cm high / 60.5 cm wide.  
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Painting "Ships at sea"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame: height 32 cm / width 37.5 cm / depth 4.5 cm Image: height 21.5 cm / width 27 cm.
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1930s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Mid-Century Floral Painting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful still life oil painting on board is signed and has an eye-catching depicting a vase with flowers painting in a unique color palate. This vintage floral painting is ready ...
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

1950s Abstract Oil by Danish Artist Hugo Arne Buch
Located in Hudson, NY
Abstract oil painting mounted in thin oak frame by Danish Painter Hugo Arne Buch (1927-2008) The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has a number of Buch paintings in its collection.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Gösta Asp, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Winter Landscape, 1961
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Asp (1910-1986), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract winter landscape. Dated 1961. The canvas measures: 40 x 32.5 cm. The frame measures: 3.5 cm. Signed. In excellent condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Rune P. Swedish Artist, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, Mid-20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rune P. Swedish artist. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape, mid-20th century. The canvas measures: 89 x 64 cm. The frame measures: 2.5 cm. Signed. In very good condition. 20th c...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Arne Aspelin, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, Mid 20th C
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arne Aspelin (1911-1990), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. Mid 20th century. The canvas measures: 65 x 25 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Swedish Artist, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Composition, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Swedish artist. Oil on canvas. Modernist composition, 1960s. The canvas measures: 63.5 x 41.5 cm. The frame measures: 1.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Scandinavian Modernist, Oil on Canvas, Cubist Still Life, Dated 1975
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian modernist. Oil on canvas. Cubist still life. Dated 1975. The canvas measures: 59 x 51 cm. The frame measures: 6 cm. In excellent condition. Signed and dated.
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Einar Person, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Composition, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Einar Person (1918-2006), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract composition. 1960's. The canvas measures: 40 x 32 cm. The frame measures: 6 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

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.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Evgenij Klenø, Danish Painter, Modernist Landscape, Oil on Canvas
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Evgenij Klenø (1921-2005). Danish painter. Modernist landscape. Oil on canvas, 1960s. In very good condition. Signed. The canvas measures: 65 x 58 cm. The frame measures: 1 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Gösta Falck Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Still Life with Flowers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Falck (1920-2006) Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist still life with flowers, 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Painting "Reflection in the river"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame: Height 60 cm / width 80 cm Image: Height 47 cm / width 67 cm.
Category

1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Painting "Girl by the River", Erik Madsen
Located in Chorzów, PL
Painting "Girl by the River", Erik Madsen. Dimensions: Frame: height 101 cm / width 59 cm / depth 5 Image: height 83 cm / width 41 cm.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Rolf Erling Nygren, Sweden, Oil on Board, Abstract Composition, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rolf Erling Nygren (1925-2010), Sweden. Oil on board. Abstract composition, 1960's. The board measures: 28.5 x 22.5 cm. The frame measures: 2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Large Painting by Danish Painter Johan Andersen, 1970's
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful painting on canvas by a relatively unknown but great painter from Denmark: Johan Andersen. Inspired by Asger Jorn and the Cobra movement, but also by Per Kirkeby. The abstr...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Pine, Paint

Sven Angborn, Swedish Artist, Oil on Board, Modernist Landscape
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Angborn (1925 -), Swedish artist. Oil on board. Modernist landscape with houses in the background. Ca. 1970. In very good condition. Signed. The board measures: 59 x 36 cm. ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Scandinavian Maritime Painting Oil on Panel in Warm Colors by Noren Nils Martin
Located in Salzburg, AT
Maritime painting in oil on plate by Noren Nils Martin (1907 Västervik - 1998 Uppsala) The scene on the water is calm and is characterized by warm colors. The boat is already ashor...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

Ragnar Ring, Swedish Painter, Oil on Board, Arrangement with Flowers, Dated 1970
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ragnar ring, Swedish painter. Oil on board. Arrangement with flowers. Dated 1970. The board measures: 8.5 x 4.5 cm. The frame measures: 7 cm. Signed. In very good condition. 20t...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Hans Osswald, Swedish Artist, Oil on Board, Modernist Composition
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Osswald (1919-1983), Swedish artist. Oil on board. Modernist composition, mid-20th century. Visible dimensions: 43 x 35 cm. Signed. In very good condition. 20th century Scan...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Curt Viberg ‘1908-1969’, Swedish Painter, Still Life with Flowers, Oil on Board
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Curt Viberg (1908-1969), Swedish painter. Still life with flowers. Oil on board. 1960s. In very good condition. Signed. The board measures: 70 x 50 cm. The frame measures: 9.5 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Other

Painting "Sunset in the Countryside", Denmark, Early 20th Century
Located in Chorzów, PL
Painting "Sunset in the Countryside", Denmark, early 20th century. Wymiary z rama : 95 x 75 cm Wymiary bez ramy : 83 x 63 cm.
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1910s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Sonja Henningsen, Danish Artist, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Still Life, 1979
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sonja Henningsen, Danish artist. Oil on canvas. Modernist still life. Dated 1979. The canvas measures: 48.5 x 36.5 cm. The frame measures: 1 cm. In very good condition. Signed in...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting Bertil Berntsson, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare abstract oil on canvas painting by the Swedish artist Bertil Berntsson made in 1963. In good vintage condition showing some signs from age and use. Measurements: 115 x 103 x 2 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Danish Painting by Ejnar R. Kragh "Children Bathing" Oil on Canvas Midcentury
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish artist Ejnar R. Kragh (1903-1981) born in Nykøbing Falster. Kragh was a student of Carl Schwenn and Svend Lindstrøm and a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Pine

Painting "River flowing through the forest"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame: Height 76.5 cm / width 96.5 cm / depth 7.5 cm Image: Height 55 cm / width 75.5 cm.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Painting "Colorful House"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame height 49 cm, width 71 cm Painting 33 cm height, 55 cm width.
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1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Wood

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