Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gottfrid Kallstenius

Gottfrid Kallstenius was a Swedish painter born in 1861. 

He began by studying medicine and then went into art, studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. 

He wrote a handbook of oil painting in 1915, and is represented by the National Museum in Stockholm and other museums.

His early paintings are carefully observed from nature, and later he became interested in symbolism and mood painting. 
Wikipedia (Swedish) Gottfrid Kallstenius (1861-1943)
Bukowski's Auction House
Gallery of images on "Blog of an Admirer"
Wikimedia Commons


Luca said...

I like the last painting a lot, but i find a bit difficult to understand the point of the realistic ones: i have the feeling that he painted (with great technical ability) everything he was seeing without making choices about what was more relevant in the landscape, since i can't decide what i have to look at, but perhaps it's just impression.

Pyracantha said...

Is that a girl in the field of image #2, seen from the back? And the last image #4 reminds me of Maxfield Parrish.

James Gurney said...

Pyracantha, yes, that's a girl. I thought it was a scarecrow at first.
Luca, I know what you're saying, but I thought the flowers in the graveyard made an interesting statement beyond from the purely technical accomplishment. I suppose the real test would be to look at all those paintings in original.