Early 20th-Century Swedish School, Portrait Study Of A Man

Early 20th-Century Swedish School, Portrait Study Of A Man

This early 20th-century Swedish oil painting depicts a man wrapped in a heavy coat. It’s abundant with expressive brushwork and, given its unfinished nature, perhaps an academic study.

Portrait studies, such as this, carry greater immediacy than finished works as they capture a moment between sitter and artist without the pressure of a resulting exhibition or gallery sale. It’s a work straight from the brush with absolute feeling.

Could it be a self-portrait even?

Held within a simple wooden frame, probably original.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 25½” x 31½” / 65cm x 80cm
Year of creation: c. 1930
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with various signs of wear.

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