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. 

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