Reserved - Johan Leksell, Pair Of Oil Studies

Reserved - Johan Leksell, Pair Of Oil Studies

A pair of small oil studies depicting bearded older gentleman by Swedish artist, Johan Larentius Carolinus Leksell (1874-1932).

Leksell was born in Amsberg, Kopparberg County, and could turn his hand to a range of artistic endeavours. He was primarily known as one of Sweden’s most foremost silhouette portraitists, but he could also paint as well as sculpt.

Upon graduating University, Leksell financed a round trip to the United States by cutting silhouette photos for willing patrons. He then continued on to Russia where he created a silhouette of Rasputin that brought him much acclaim.

In these studies, we can see his skill for capturing the profile of a figure with minimal detailing and a monochromatic palette.

The portraits were purchased together and one is signed in the lower left.

Oil on wood
Size including frame
10” x 8” / 25cm x 20cm
Year of creation
c. 1920
Good condition overall. Frames with light age-related wear. 

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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