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Art review: the Sisters Jobs blooming up at Thielska galleriet

This spring started majblomningen already in april. Either is concerned we or rejoice over this - or both. At the Thielska Galleriet museum, it has blossomed since the end of February. There is a lush exhibition with the scent of 40 - and 50-speech and works of the prolific sisters Jobs: Lisbet and Gocken, potters and textile designers both. A syskonduo fertile, mainly from Dalarna, with both a rustic rustic style, and a skirt poetic artistic expression in their work, and with a detail of the flowery language reminiscent of Carl von Linné's classification.

For those who grew up during the post-war period gives the exhibition flash-backs to the mother's or the grandmother's kaffebricksdukar with wild strawberries on straw, flowering kakellagda small tables, textile paintings and ceramics. Add to that all the mönsterglada fabrics, you can really talk about a delight in both color and mönsterskapande.

Gocken and Lisbet Jobs in the pottery workshop and shop in Västanvik, Leksand, sweden, in 1943. Photo: Photographer unknown

the creaking of the colourful vigour, with visible rootlets to the Arts & Craftsrörelsen but also to the Swedish melancholy naturlyrik. Worth remembering is that many of the works were created at a time when the black-out curtains had barely been taken down for good and ransoneringskorten was yet fresh in the memory. A time when it was hoped that peace would sprout and sprout and get a lasting grip. And then the longing for beauty, perhaps, was the greatest.

Lisbet and Gocken (actually, Ingrid; Gocken after the word doll) Jobs was born into a family of seven. It was an especially creative family, in which five of the siblings came to devote themselves to the artistic professions, and with an encouraging and energetic mother, Elisabeth Wisen-Jobs, who was also a skilled brodös with expertspalt in the magazine Idun.

Lisbet Jobs went out the Technical School (now Konstfack) in 1930, the same year as the Gocken began his education there. Big sister Lisbet went with the help of travel grants to Denmark, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. She was the first woman with electric brännugn in our own workshop, situated at Bergsunds strand in Stockholm, and she realized very soon that would sell his crafts so we needed a shop and it would be centrally located. In 1934 opened the store ”Jobs ceramics and textile” on Norrlandsgatan and behind the counter stood my mother Elisabet.

and much more you can read in the book ”Jobs ceramics & textile : Lisbet Jobs and Gocken Jobs - two sisters, two artistry” by Hedvig Hedqvist and Christina Mattsson that was released in the fall.

The big breakthrough for the productive sisters came in 1945 with the extensive Jobsutställningen ”When beauty came to the village” at Nordiska Kompaniet, NK. Musically orchestrated by Lisbet Jobs husband, the composer Lille Bror Söderlundh. Trendy Astrid Sampe, director of NK:s textilkammare, drew the attention of the early sisters ' artistic talent and saw to it that NK got all rights reserved on the textiles. To the sisters all the more went over from ceramics to textiles was due to the difficulty to get hold of the clay and glaze during the war but also for textile printing was at the time.

In the Thielska gallery's exhibition, you can follow the sisters ' artistic development, from the beautiful flowering canopy ”Dragonfly” by Gocken Jobs (in room a of seven) through rustic ceramic jars, barrels, and bowls, to the great textile mönsterproduktionen. It is a comprehensive and interesting exhibition that has been mounted on a extremely successful way of blomsterkreatören Gunnar Kaj.

the two pitchers of Lisbet Jobs; a bröllopskrus and a gästabudskanna, ceramic folk story with characters around the feasting table. Equally amazing is it to see Gocken Jobs development pattern designer with design classics, such as ”Rhubarb”, ”Summer”, and ”Pomegranate”, as coveted then as now.

In both Lisbet and Gockens artistry is, it seems to me, a willingness to portray the simple life and the joy of it. Nature, of course, flowers and insects, but without it being too romantic or unctuous. Their detailed studies of plants gives me a desire to go really close and lusgranska not only their art, but also originals in nature.

It is a slightly unexpected but undoubtedly positive effect of the meeting with the sisters Jobs artistry.

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