A MOROCCAN BOY SEATED
Oil on Canvas
30½ x 24 Inches
Signed Upper Right
A substantial, early twentieth-century oil painted circa 1925 showing the young subject relaxed and seated, gazing towards the viewer. Employing bravura brushwork and a lyrical palette, Isbrand has accomplished a compelling and psychologically-penetrating work of European Modernism.
Victor Isbrand graduated from the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts in 1917 after having, precociously, exhibited at the 1915 Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition. Over the course of a long career, he was the recipient of prestigious national scholarships and stipends including the Ronge (1917), the Charlottenborg Art Academy (1919-1920) and the State Art Foundation Scholarship (1978-1988). Isbrand exhibited widely and with success, including annually at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, where he exhibited continuously for over 70 years. Additionally, he was the recipient of numerous medals and prizes including a gold medal for 'Aphrodite and Eros' (1919).
Initially influenced by Cubism, Isbrand traveled abroad to the East to Java, near Borobudur, to explore Primitivism and Orientalism as his style developed. He also visited Siam, Malacca, China, Japan, Paris, Greenland and Southern Europe before accepting a teaching post at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen where he influenced a new generation of Danish Modernists. Isbrand’s works are held in private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark.
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