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Edvard Thorvald Weie

 (1879 - 1943)
Edvard Thorvald Weie was active/lived in Denmark.  Edvard Weie is known for abstract, fauve landscape, portrait and seascape painting.

Edvard Thorvald Weie

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Edvard Weie was born the 18 November, 1879 and received his preliminary training at Copenhagen under Zahrtmann (see AskART) during 1905-07. It is, however, Paris and the restless ferment of latter day artistic effort which have  had the most pronounced influence upon him as, indeed,  upon so many of the younger Copenhagen painters of his  generation.

He has lately joined the Frie Udstilling* where his recent canvases displayed distinct traces of that wave of wholesome radicalism which is at present causing consternation among the ranks of the timid and conservative devotees of precedent.

Weie is today engaged in casting  off the shackles of a smooth, insipid beauty that has long since lost all significance and seeking, in the sturdier and more simplified creed of the progressives, a characteristic aesthetic program. Judged according to the most advanced standards he cannot be called an extremist, though he is thus regarded in Copenhagen, and will doubtless be considered even more so in America. It is such young men as Sigurd Swane (see AskART) and Weie who should help to convince us that we are artistically stagnant, and their presence  in the current exhibition is to say the least — opportune.

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke

Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the 1912 -1913  EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston

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Viggo Thorvald Edvard Weie (1879-1943) was a Danish painter. His style was influenced by journeys to Italy (1907) and Paris (1912) where he came into contact with French impressionists such as Cézanne.

After returning to Denmark in 1912, he spent a period on the tiny island of Christiansø near Bornholm. He was one of the earliest participants in the Bornholm school of painters, contributing to landscapes and seascapes in a distinctive modernistic style.

The greys of his earlier work soon gave way to brighter colours in his dramatic cubist compositions combining sea, rocks and figures, several including Poseidon, with violent brushstrokes. In his later work, the strokes can hardly be seen and his paintings seem to be characterized by mystic dreams. Finally he experimented with richer, glowing colours and lighter brushwork.


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About  Edvard Thorvald Weie

Born:  1879
Died:   1943
Known for:  abstract, fauve landscape, portrait and seascape painting