Esaias Thorén (1901-1981)
Komposition med Fiskar
(Composition with Fish)
Signed 'Esaias Thorén 51'
10 x 14 ins / 25 x 35 cms
Theodor Esaias Thorén was born on 9th November 1901 in Halmstad. He was a Swedish painter, sculptor and designer.
In 1925, Thorén studied under the Swedish artist Cal Wilhelmsson (1866-1928) in Stockholm before travelling to Paris in 1926. He was one of the founder member of the Halmstad Group (Halmstadgruppen), an artist collective founded in 1929. Other members included Sven Jonson, Waldemar Lorentzon, Stellan Marner and the brothers Axel and Erik Olson. In the early 1920s Thorén was very much painting in a post-cubist style which increasingly incorporated surrealist themes. By the late 1920s Thoréns work become very geometric and abstract as he become more involved with the avant-garde group of Art Concret artists in Paris.
In 1930 Thorén participated in the Art Concret exhibition in Stockholm (International Utställning av Postkubistisk Konst / International exhibition of post-cubist art) organised by the Swedish avant-garde artist and art critic Otto Gustaf Carsund (18971948). Thorén exhibited extensively throughout Sweden until 1965
Examples of Thorén work are held in the collections of the Moderna Muséet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum, Malmö Museum, Gävle, Örebro and Halmstad Museums, the Institut Tessin (also known as the Centre Culturel Suédois) which is a museum in Paris dedicated to the history of Franco-Swedish artistic exchanges, the National Gallery of Oslo and National Gallery of Art, New York.
Thorén died on 23rd September 1981, aged 79.