SPRING FLOWERS IN A CREAMWARE JUG
Oil on Canvas
28 x 36 Inches
Initialed Lower Right "K.I."
Born in Copenhagen in 1886, Kraesten Iverson first studied with Hendrik Gronvold at the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Art. An early member of the Bornholm School, he exhibited with success at the Charlottenborg Academy beginning in 1919. That same year, his large mythological work, 'Odysseus and Naussicaa' was purchased by the French government for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Socie´te´ des Artistes Franc¸ais. This honor led to numerous public and private commissions and Iverson was subsequently able to paint more freely, exploring various avante-garde ideas as he developed his own characteristic style. In 1930, Iverson was appointed Professor of Art at the Copenhagen Academy and, subsequently, became an influential academic proponent of the Modernist movement while continuing to exhibit widely throughout Europe. He worked in many different media including ceramic and glass and received numerous commissions to design windows in both public and devotional buildings, including the city hall in Aarhus and Saint Nikolai's church in Svendborg. The Bornholm School developed a distinctive style of classically-derived modernism, inspired by the island's unique landscapes and light. This dramatic and lyrical still-life, painted circa 1920, exemplifies modernist ideals while remaining firmly anchored in classical tradition.
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