Leopold Morsing

Portrait Study Of A Woman

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Leopold Morsing

Portrait Study Of A Woman

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This early 20th-century drawing by Swedish artist Leopold Morsing (1887-1971) depicts a model with head turned.

As a young man, Morsing was thrust into an ever-advancing art scene with emerging modernist ideas filtering into Stockholm. Many of his contemporaries had trained in Paris and returned galvanised by the avant-garde. Art was changing, moving away from the rigours of academic thinking and towards a brighter, more liberal future.

He trained within two traditional environments, firstly at Caleb Althin's painting school, and then at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. This portrait study from 1906 was completed during his time at Althin’s and appears to depict the same model as seen here.

It’s a gripping depiction with the eyes seemingly captivated. As if she knows, but we’re not privy. There’s life here, movement and spirit. It’s an achievement to convey such animation considering she’s a regular model that he presumably studied often.

Following his tuition, Morsing developed a fruitful career and produced works in a variety of styles. During the 20s, his landscapes were often rendered as a gentle haze of minor tonal shifts - a little reminiscent of Whistler’s nocturnes with occasional references to pointillism. While in the 1950s, his compositions were pared back to the point of becoming almost minimalist. Two desolate trees stand before a view layered in blocky muddy greens and brown. Silhouetted Munch-esque figures stare towards a sliver of distant sea. His still lifes, however, were altogether more naturalistic. 

Morsing was one of a fascinating group of Swedish artists who trained in traditional academic environments before embracing new ideas upon leaving. His oeuvre carries a modest quality, which perhaps reflected his character. He’s represented at Kalmar Museum and the Swedish State's portrait collection at Gripsholm Castle.

Signed in the top right, dated in the top left, and held within a contemporary frame. Glazed.

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Medium: Charcoal on paper
Overall size: 17½” x 20” / 44cm x 51cm
Year of creation: 1906
Labels & Inscriptions: ‘A. Ke’ inscription in the top left along with a date.
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden.
Condition: Various signs of wear including creases and tears. Left 'as found' for aesthetic effect. Modern frame in perfect condition.
Our reference: BRV1657

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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