Elis Åslund

Abisko, Arctic Tundra

Elis Åslund

Abisko, Arctic Tundra

This early 20th-century oil painting by Swedish artist Elis Åslund (1872-1956) depicts a snow-covered view in Abisko, Sweden.

Abisko is a wilderness deep within the Arctic tundra and home to spectacular scenery, rivers, birch forests and trails. Åslund travelled over 1,300km to get here from his home in Stockholm. But travelling extensively was nothing new for this seasoned wanderer.

Here, amid icy-cold conditions, desolate trees, and dramatic peaks, he’s captured the view with skill and feeling. Working rapidly, which is understandable given the temperature.

Prior to completing this piece, he’d undertaken study trips to Copenhagen, Munich, Paris, Rome and London. Restless and continually seeking inspiration.

Signed and indistinctly dated lower left. Framed.

Medium: Oil on board
Overall size: 20” x 15½” / 51cm x 34cm
Year of creation: c. 1930
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden.
Condition: Artwork presents well. The frame is rather tired but we've retained it as it's almost certainly original.
Artist’s auction maximum: £5,500

Elis Åslund

Elis Åslund

Elis Åslund (1872-1956) was an accomplished Swedish painter, sculptor and illustrator known predominantly for landscapes, portraits and figures. He trained in Stockholm and later at the Académie Colarossi in Paris. He’s represented at the National Museum and had the honour of a Royal commission when he painted King Gustaf V. His brother, Helmer Osslund, and son, Carl Daniel Åslund, were also artists. His sister, Frida Åslund, was a writer.

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Conservation & History

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