watercolor on paper signed Ture Ander dated a tergo 1941 unframed approx. 24 x 32 cm framed 35.5 x 43 cm new frame with UV protected glass is included
Provenance: A private collection. Värmland
Essay: "A Värmland Landscape" is a watercolor painting by Ture Ander, an artist who was a member of the Racken Group. This artwork, incorrectly titled "Vår i Värmland, 1941" (Spring in Värmland, 1941) on its verso, actually depicts a serene autumnal scene, a testament to Ander's affinity for the Värmland landscape. Golden birches command the foreground, elegantly framing the composition on the left, while a soft, bluing forest provides a tranquil backdrop. A field, radiant in yellow, further enriches the scene, embodying the essence of autumn's embrace. Ture Ander's masterful application of a vivid, lilac hue on select spots infuses the painting with dynamic energy, a hallmark of his artistic prowess.
Ture Ander, born on September 17 in Askers parish, Örebro, embarked on his artistic journey at a tender age. Moving to Stockholm at thirteen, he apprenticed as a painter while attending evening courses at the Technical School (later known as Konstfack). Earning his journeyman's certificate in 1902, Ander graduated from the Technical School the following year with commendable grades in painting. His artistic path led him to the Konstnärsförbundet School in 1905, where he studied alongside notable figures like Leander Engström, Isaac Grünewald, and Einar Nerman. Ander's participation in the influential exhibition "De Unga" in 1909 marked a significant milestone in his career.
Further honing his skills, Ander studied at Colarossi in Paris between 1911 and 1912, drawing inspiration from the works of Cézanne. His personal life intertwined with his artistic endeavors when he married Ragnhild Franzén, who studied under the Fjæstad sisters. The couple settled in Orrhöjda near Racken, enduring financial hardships with resilience and simplicity—Ragnhild gathering berries and mushrooms, while Ture hunted and fished.
The later years of Ture Ander's life were shadowed by sorrow following Ragnhild's prolonged illness and eventual passing. This profound loss resonated in Ander's art, mirroring the depth of his emotions and the intricacies of human experience. Through works like "A Värmland Landscape" Ture Ander's legacy endures, capturing the fleeting beauty of nature and the poignant hues of life itself.
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