(Danish, 1885- 1961)
Oil on Paper
10½ x 14 Inches
Signed Lower Left "JAIS" and dated 1951
A period figural oil of a young woman sleeping, her head cradled on her clasped hands.
Nielsen began his studies at Kristian Zahrtmann’s art school in 1899, and exhibited for the first time at the 1907 Autumn Salon in Copenhagen. His structure and compositional elements became increasingly simplified in the early years (1907-1911), and his vivid use of color was a departure from the generally subdued palette of nineteenth-century Danish painting. In 1911, Neilsen moved to Paris where he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and attended meetings at the Section d’Or, which met at the studio of Jacques Villon.
Jais Neilsen’s works are held in the permanent collections of numerous museums including Denmark's National Art Museum in Copenhagen and the National Museum in Oslo, Norway. The artist is well-listed in all relevant art historical reference works including Thieme-Becker, and Benezit which gives a signature sample. We are pleased to offer an exquisitely lyrical figural work dating to the late period of this important Danish Modernist.
Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol. X, p. 213; Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Kunstler, Vollmer Supplement, Vol. XXV/XXVI, p. 465; Davenport’s Art Reference Guide, 2007/8 Edition, p. 1733; Weilbach, Dansk Kunstnerleksikon; Bo Lindwall and Lars Erik Aström in: Bild art in Scandinavia, Vol. 4, 1973, 50, 74; Hanne Abildgaard: New then. Art Hist., Vol. 6, 1994; et al.
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