Carl Gustaf Laurin (1868-1940)
Portrait relief plaque by Svante Edvin Nilsson (Stockholm 1869-1942 Stockholm)
14.5 cm (diameter of plaque)
Bronze wall plaque of Carl Gustaf Laurin (1868-1940) profile right, wearing wing collar and jacket. Lettered around the outside "CARL . G . LAURIN . 1931". Signed beneath the shoulderline of the bust "SVANTE NILSSON". Integral hanging fixture verso.
Having studied at Uppsala University in Sweden, Carl Laurin (1868-1940) travelled to Paris in the early 1890's. On his return he became a leading Swedish art historian, art critic, educator and aesthete. Laurin lived in the so-called Laurinska House, one of Stockholm's landmark buildings, which was named in his honour. His apartment here became one of the most important gathering places for Sweden's cultural elite. Laurin's portrait was painted by many of Sweden's leading artists, including Carl Larson (1853–1919) and Oscar Björck (1860-1929). His brother Thorsten Laurin (1875-1954) was an important art collector.
This profile plaque of Laurin was sculpted by Svante Edvin Nilsson (1869-1942), an important member of the Scandinavian emigrée art colonies in Paris before WWI and a leading Swedish modern medalist and advocate for the "plastic arts". Works by Nilsson are held by many of Sweden's important national collections and also by the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
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