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SCHOOL OF LORENTZON.W.

Figures and Foxes

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Futurist painting oil on canvas.

60 x 50 cm (approx. 19.7 x 23.6 inches)

Surrealist/Cubist

Born in Halmstad in 1899 Lorentzon's parents were farmers. In 1915 he formed the Gnistan group along with his cousins, Axel and Erik Olson. He holds his first  amateur exhibition in Halmstad in 1919 and is discovered by art connoisseur Egon Östlund, who arranges a contact with Gösta Adrian-Nilsson. Lorentzon studies at Carl Wilhelmson´s art school in 1919 and at Althin´s art school in Stockholm in 1920- 21. In1922 he takes a study trip to Germany. In 1923 Halmstad Mayor Bissmark becomes his patron, and in the beginning of 1924 Lorentzon journeys  to Paris with his cousin Erik Olson. They enrol as students in Fernand Léger´s Académie Moderne art academy and are trained in the cubist school of art.

In1925 he becomes part of major international exhibition L´Art d´Aujourd`hui, featuring abstract art by painters such as Picasso, Severini and Léger.  During his Paris stay he is influenced by Marc Chagall as well as Giorgio de Chirico, one of surrealism´s forerunners.
In 1934 Lorentzon´s is considered to be surrealistic. He takes part in the international Kubisme=Surrealisme exhibition in Copenhagen in 1935 and paints his masterpiece, “Kosmisk moder" (Cosmic Mother), the same year.

During the 1940s his images are influenced by war and human suffering.

The 1950s are devoted almost entirely to mural paintings in churches throughout Sweden. During the 1950s and 1960s the small mountain villages in southern Spain where he often stayed set their stamp on his paintings. However, his major source of inspiration continues to be the Halland sea coast.