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DN's art critic: Peter Dahl was a great painter

the Norwegian-born Peter Dahl died on the night of 17 may, on Norway's national day. After he left a rich and productive life. During the 1960s, he was a rad

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DN's art critic: Peter Dahl was a great painter

the Norwegian-born Peter Dahl died on the night of 17 may, on Norway's national day. After he left a rich and productive life.

During the 1960s, he was a radical young painters who went against the establishment.

" He was an acrid social critic. The police picked the bottom of his pictures, including a picture of the princess Sibylla with unsheathed sex. Then he got a stamp on himself as a troublemaker, " says Birgitta Rubin.

the painting, which is really called ” " A breakthrough in high society”, shows a woman who was perceived as the princess Sibylla, the king's mother, with the bare sex in front of a man showing up in her shop, writes TT.

Police seized the piece when it was exhibited at Göteborgs Konsthall in 1970 for ”purpose of instruction, and morality”. The investigation was shut down, but the painting became one of the 1900s most debated in the Swedish art scene.

in the 1980s, he became very popular in connection with that he began to interpret the Fredmans epistles. Many of the paintings in the series were graphic leaves, which spread and was appreciated.

" It was a big success for him.

Peter Dahl was also a professor of painting at the academy of fine arts in Stockholm during the 1970s.

In older age, he began to look back on his childhood.

– He made paintings with a toy train and a dreamy painting of his grandmother's house.

Peter Dahl is not set out so much, but last year held a large retrospective exhibition that showed throughout his career at Sven-Harry's art museum in Stockholm.

– I think It meant that people got to open their eyes to his work again. You saw his width and force, that he had accomplished so much during a long and varied målarliv with different phases, " says Birgitta Rubin.

Elsebeth Welander-Berggren, head of Sven-Harry's when he set out last spring. She says that he had a very strong expression as an artist with powerful colors – but there was no artistry that followed a given thread:

" It varied. There was a stillness in some of the pictures and a great aggressiveness in the second.

She met him even before he got sick, when she had him to the table at a dinner at the Academy of fine arts.

He was immensely interested in social issues, which we talked a lot about.

says that Peter Dahl is one of the largest we have had in modern times.

– A virtuoso artist. Extremely large and significant. One of the few that have it in there schwunget in the brush, just as playfully simple as (Anders) Zorn. He was a very low-key and likable person. It is a big regret now, " he says to TT.

Mårten Castenfors, director of Liljevalchs konsthall, places Peter Dahl, in the same burlesque tradition that the cartoonist and the sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814).

– Peter Dahl was the burlesque, he was erotic, he was figurative, which made a lot of people could appreciate what he did. He combined good painting, with the grass-roots, "he says to TT and continues:

" Even if Peter Dahl was born in Norway, he must be regarded as a fully Swedish artist, not least in view of his well-known Bellmanssvit.

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