A vernissage.

I’m a member of an association with the aim to give support to Swedish artists living in France (see here). We organise exhibitions, we purchase some works which then can be “won” by the members… and a lot more. 

Last week there was the vernissage of an exhibition of a well-established artist, Bengt Olson, now well over 80, who moved to France some 60 years ago. He has created a number of monumental works in France  - and in Sweden and is represented in some major museums with paintings and graphics.

The exhibition we organised in the premises of the “Swedish Club” in Paris (see previous post) was about illustrations Bengt Olson made for a recent, new edition of the “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils” by Selma Lagerlöf, originally published in 1906-07. 

Selma Lagerlöf was the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature - in 1909.

There was a nice attendance including the Swedish ambassador, Mrs. Veronika Wand-Danielsson (see top picture).    


Anonymous said...

Selma Lagerlof:
There's a sweet portrait of her done by Carl Larsson.

I always love to see photos of social gatherings, especially this kind...beautiful people having a good time and surrounded by art....
Mil gracias, M. Peter.
P.S. The Swedish ambassador looks like a Miss Universe.
I sent you an email about Selma Lagerlof. It needs to be translated.........

Studio at the Farm said...

It makes me happy to see your support of the arts, Peter. Thank you!

Alexa said...

Love his colorful illustrations. The Brooklyn Museum (around the corner from my house) owns one, but I believe it's not on display—too bad.

Thérèse said...

Une merveilleuse facon de continuer a faire vivre les aventures de Nils que j'ai lu dans mon enfance. Tu me donnes l'occasion de relire ce livre.

claude said...

Comme Thérèse.
J'ai lu les aventures de Nils quand j'étais môme, c'était l'époque où je lisais beaucoup.

Virginia said...

Is Olson a relative? I too like his work a lot. Very colorful with a lot of movement. Your Swedish club offers a lot of great opportunities it seems.