Posted on September 26, 2010


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When Gösta Adrian-Nilsson moved to Stockholm in 1917 after several years in Copenhagen and Berlin, he brought back with him futurism, expressionism and cubism – becoming the first abstract painter in Sweden. His canvases were full of movement and color and sometimes, abstract male bodies – he had a passion for sailors and athletes. Born in 1884 in Lund in southern Sweden, he died in Stockholm just four days shy of his 81st birthday in 1965.

He has a Wikipedia page in Swedish, and a short entry at Encyclopedia.com and at Artnet you can see the most recent of his paintings sold.

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