Gerda Tiren, An Embrace

Gerda Tiren, An Embrace

A charming turn of the century drawing depicting a loving embrace by Swedish artist, Gerda Tiren (1858-1928). It was almost certainly designed as a book illustration.

How do you read the piece? Is it a loving embrace between husband and wife? Or is the gentleman her father? Is she relieved or saddened?

The drawing was created in ink with a pencil underdrawing and heightened in watercolour and probably gouache. It’s housed within a glazed frame and has a later inscription on the reverse from a family member.

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Medium: Pencil and ink drawing with watercolour and gouache
Overall size: 8” x 11½” / 20cm x 29cm
Year of creation: c. 1900
Provenance: Sweden
Condition: Slight browning of the paper. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £7,300 achieved for an interior scene (Watercolour) at Christie’s 1989.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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