Vasabron och Gamla Stan (Vasa Bridge and the Old Town) by Axel Fridell

Vasabron och Gamla Stan (Vasa Bridge and the Old Town) by Axel Fridell

Vasabron och Gamla Stan (Vasa Bridge and the Old Town)

Axel Fridell

Title

Vasabron och Gamla Stan (Vasa Bridge and the Old Town)

 
Artist

Axel Fridell

  1894 - 1935 (biography)
Year
1925  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
9 5/8 x 13 3/4" (24.4 x 34.6 cm) 
Signature
pencil, lower right dedicated lower left with signature 
Edition Size
not stated; presumed a rare proof 
Annotations
pencil signed and dated; annotated "Till Haytivik Smith fran Ingrid och Axel Fridell" (To Haytivik Smith from Ingrid and Axel Fridell); dated 1926, likely the date of dedication 
Reference
Asplund 193 i/ii; Fridell etching number 721; Modernamuseet: NMG 108/1936 
Paper
antiique-white laid paper with unicorn and JGL? watermarks 
State
i/ii; proof, before the plate is cut down and the addition of the plate signature and date in the lower right corner. 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23485 
Price
$600.00 
Description

Axel Fridell's 1925 etching titled "Vasabron och Gram Stan" - (Vasa Bridge and the Old Town) is also titled "Gamla stan och Riddarhuset" (The old town and the Knights' House) or "Staden mellan broarna" (The city between the bridges). In the center is Storkyrkans Tower.

This impression, state one of two, was done before Fridell cut down the plate, trimming the top of the plate about a 1/4" and adding his name and date to the plate, in the lower right image. Fridell dedicated this proof impression to someone named "Haytivik Smith".

Axell Fridell channels James McNeill Whistler when etching this cityscape of Old Stockholm from the river, with the Vasa Bridge that spans the Norrstrom River - an impressionistic, atmospheric composition that leads the viewer's eye along the waterfront and the architecture city center.

 

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