• Impressionist/Modern Day Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 7833

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 504

    Attributed to Erik Olson (1901-1986)

    Geometric composition

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    Attributed to Erik Olson (1901-1986)
    Geometric composition
    oil on sheet metal laid down on board
    28 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (73.3 x 40.3 cm.)
    Painted circa 1928

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    The present work was most probably executed by Erik Olson, possibly with the collaboration of Otto Gustav Carlsund, both favourite students of Fernand Léger's at the Académie Moderne from 1924 who also worked in Léger's studio, collaborating with him on large-scale public commissions throughout the late 1920s. Olson achieved international recognition early in his career and went on to become a co-founder of the Surrealist-influenced Swedish Halmstad group. Inspired by Léger's purism the composition of the present work is a combination of the initials 'EO', 'OGC' and even 'FL'.

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    Fernand Léger's atelier, Paris.
    Maurits Erwin, Gothenburg, owner of Erwino AB, by whom acquired from the above circa 1928.
    Lennart Sandlöf, the company clerk at Erwino AB, by whom acquired from the above in 1968, and thence by descent.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.