Anna Lisa (Joy) Egnel 1920-2001

Anna Lisa (Joy) Egnel was born in Sundström on 22nd September 1920. She was a Swedish painter.

Egnel attended the Technical School (Tekniska Skolan), Stockholm (1944) and Otte Sköld's (Otte Skölds Målarskola) Painting School, Stockholm (1945-1946). In 1947, Egnel moved to Paris where she studied at Académie Julian, followed by a year (1948) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Kunstakademiet) in Copenhagen.

Egnel travelled to France (1947, 1951 and 1952), Italy (1949), Spain & North Africa (1950)

Egnel exhibited in Copenhagen, Paris - with Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (1952), Nyköping, Östersund, New York and Georgia.

Examples of Egnel’s works are held in the collections of Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) and Nationalmuseum (National Museum) in Stockholm, Östersund Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Caen Museum, France and The White House, Washington D.C.

Anna Lisa (Joy) Egnel died in Stockholm on 24th March 2001, aged 80.


The Salon des Réalités Nouvelles

The Salon des Réalités Nouvelles is an association of artists (and an art exhibition) in Paris, which focuses on abstract art. The exhibition takes place annually in October and ranks among the top Parisian art salons.

The expression ‘Réalités Nouvelles’ (New realities) was penned in 1912 by the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. He viewed abstraction as the best way to express modern reality.

The first exhibition was held in 1939 in Galerie Charpentier, organised by Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Nelly van Doesburg and Fredo Sidès. In 1946 the Salon was officially established as a successor to Abstraction-Création by Fredo Sidès, and its first board included Jean Arp, Sonia Delaunay and Albert Gleizes as members. Sidès was chairman until his death in 1953.

With enthusiastic critical support in its early days, the Salon quickly proved successful, presenting geometric and concrete works by artists such as Jean Dewasne and Victor Vasarely as well as non-figurative works by Pierre Soulages, Georges Mathieu, Vieira de Silva, and Robert Motherwell.