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"Gunnar Hallstrom was born the 2 May, 1875 at Stockholm. He
studied from 1893 to 1897 at the Academy of Arts, and has resided
during the past ten years at Bjorko in Lake Malaren. In this beautiful
island, where the town of Birka was once situated, and where the French
Ansgar, in the middle of the ninth century, first preached the
Christian faith, there still survives something of the ancient Swedish
peasant culture, and this profoundly imaginative artist has made Bjorko
the focus of his esthetic activity. He paints and draws not only
ancient graves, over which birches are soughing, but also young, living
Sweden — light-haired men and women, dancing roamed the Walpurgis Night
fires, or speeding on skis over the frozen waters of the lake.
Hallstrom is an entirely independent artist.
He has a strong feeling for the decorative, which is displayed to
advantage in his tapestries and vignettes, and notably in the
strikingly suggestive and characteristic poster, which he has designed
for the present exhibition."
Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the 1912 -1913
EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at
New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston
Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke, Art Historian and Art Collector, West Vancouver, British Columbia.
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