Pioneers of Modernism – an avant-garde collection at Modern Art + Design

No 389, Erik Olson ”Ecole” (detail).

Viewing May 9th–14th at Bukowskis, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
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“Avant-garde” was originally a term for an advance military troop, or vanguard (see also “rear-guard”). The historic military term has taken on a new meaning today but still refers to a group that forges ahead of the rest, a brave troop of people, blazing a trail for those who come after them, a group who seize the moment and are unafraid of any opposition they may encounter.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Western Europe faced a total revolution. Technical, medical, social and political advances were creating a new society populated by modern people. The winds of change were also blowing through the art world, in which a new generation of artists turned their back on the old established academies and abandoned former artistic ideals. Terms such as Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Dadaism, Futurism etc. are labels that were later used to attempt to categorize the vast creativity that was burgeoning in Paris, Berlin and St Petersburg.

It was these metropolis to which Swedish artists flocked in the early twentieth century, seeking inspiration and the influence of the new art before bringing their impressions home to Sweden and introducing them to Swedish art audiences and art critics. The art of these returning artists was not always received with open arms and often suffered stinging criticism. However, they were sowing the seeds of something new and revolutionary. Art would never be the same again.

The collection in the auction features many of the artists, Swedish and international, whose names are now part of art history and who had the courage to deviate from the traditional path and break ground in a new direction. They risked challenging traditions and made us see art in a whole new way. Their importance cannot be underestimated – they were the pioneers of Modernism.

380. Esaias Thorén, Untitled.
Hammer price 
28 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
381. Erik Olson, Garcon de café.
Hammer price 
130 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
382. Erik Olson, Untitled.
Hammer price 
60 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
383. Franciska Clausen, ”Nature morte med spadserestyk”.
Hammer price 
75 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
384. Fernand Léger, "Les ballons".
Unsold
Estimate 
400 000 - 500 000 SEK
385. Franciska Clausen, Constructivist model study.
Hammer price 
80 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
386. Agnes Cleve, "Nakenstudie".
Hammer price 
160 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
387. John Jon-And, "Gullholmen VI" (Gullholmen VI, Sweden).
Hammer price 
120 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
388. John Jon-And, "Natt".
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
389. Erik Olson, "Ecole".
Hammer price 
400 000 SEK
Estimate 
400 000 - 500 000 SEK
390. Erik Olson, A study for Ecole.
Hammer price 
34 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
391. Erik Olson, "Mantilla".
Hammer price 
150 000 SEK
Estimate 
175 000 - 200 000 SEK
392. Erik Olson, Cubistic composition.
Hammer price 
165 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
393. Esaias Thorén, Discobolus.
Hammer price 
95 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
394. Jean Skoglund, Sunset.
Hammer price 
14 000 SEK
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
395. Bo von Zweigbergk, View over Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.
Hammer price 
100 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 90 000 SEK
396. Bo von Zweigbergk, View over Danvikstull, Stockholm.
Hammer price 
240 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
397. Waldemar Lorentzon, "Modèle dans l’atelier".
Hammer price 
460 000 SEK
Estimate 
350 000 - 400 000 SEK
398. Agnes Cleve, Woman on a cliff.
Hammer price 
640 000 SEK
Estimate 
500 000 - 600 000 SEK
399. Erik Olson, Couple in love.
Hammer price 
180 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
400. Agnes Cleve, Landscape.
Hammer price 
46 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
401. John Jon-And, "Gullholmen".
Hammer price 
290 000 SEK
Estimate 
175 000 - 200 000 SEK
402. Erik Olson, "Aftonlandskap".
Hammer price 
300 000 SEK
Estimate 
300 000 - 400 000 SEK

Andreas Rydén
Stockholm
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Lena Rydén
Stockholm
Lena Rydén
Specialist Modern Art, Prints
+46 (0)70 778 35 71
Amanda Wahrgren
Stockholm
Amanda Wahrgren
Specialist Modern Art, Prints (On parental leave)
+46 (0)702 53 14 89