Helmer Osslund

Northern landscape

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Helmer Osslund (1866–1938) was born in the area of ​​Sundsvall, but it was the encounter with Lapland's mountain massif and the magnificent wilderness expanses in blazing autumn colors that marked his artistry. Osslund is an interesting link between 19th-century landscape painting and 20th-century burgeoning modernism. He studied with Paul Gauguin, which he was the only one from the Swedish side to do. Gauguin with his undulating plateau landscapes left his mark on Osslund and his color palette with its pure, fiery colors. Where the landscapes become an exotic symphony. Osslund gave Norrland a face with his expressive expressions and dramatic landscapes. In 1909, his breakthrough came after an exhibition in Stockholm. All works were sold, including to Anders Zorn who bought four sketches for himself. His painting is close to modernism, and was a role model for Leander Engström, among others. Together they did wilderness studies. Osslund is one of our foremost Norrland portrayers.

Object description: Osslund masters the endless and wild plains of the north, in the beloved Lappland he discovered in 1905. Already at the beginning of the century, he painted his surface compositions with sweeping lines and expressive colors. In this work, the Norrlands painter Osslund brought out the light in the landscape in a fantastic way. Where the yellow light emerges, the landscape and the sky are shaped and give their purple shading as contrasting complementary colors. The turquoise and cool green color of the house and the water gives expression, and harmony to the painting, and that those colors recall his modernist pupil Leander Engström. Overall, it is a skillful composition of colors that live in harmony in the painting. The work has a nice and easy-to-place format.

Technique: Oil on greaseproof paper laid on panel
Size: 45 x 53 cm incl. frame (33 x 41 cm excl. frame)

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