Gosta Adrian-Nilsson

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson(2 April 1884 - 29 March 1965)

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson
(2 April 1884 – 29 March 1965)

Style: Modern, Cubism

Background: Gösta Adrian-Nilsson or GAN as he was known was born in 2 April 1884 in Lund, Sweden and died in 19 March 1965 in Stockholm was a Swedish artist and writer. He counts as a significant pioneer in the Swedish modernist art.  

Education: GAN debuted as an artist in 19007 with an exhibition at the Lund University Art Museum. After studying at Zahrtmanns Skole, Copenhagen,  he went to Berlin to study modernism. 

Achievements: GAN include represented at the National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum, Malmo Art Museum, Waldemarsudde and culture  in Lund. In the latter museum is GAN’s works along with silversmith Wiven Nilsson’s body in a permanent exhibition on modernismHis posthumous papers are available on the University Library, University of Lund. 

In addition to oil paintings are watercolors with folk motifs and tapestry cartoons among his works. These “salable” works made ​​GAN However, in most cases, for economic reasons rather than artistic. He also wrote poems, short stories and children’s books.

The GAN was a homosexual as  reflected in several of his works. For example, he was at times almost manic fixed at the Mariners, and he worshiped the masculine force. Other favorite subjects were male athletes. Meanwhile, the homosexual eroticism both forbidden and taboo and GAN forced to live a double life.

Famous Works: 

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson - Bull and Matador III

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson – Bull and Matador III

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson - Outbreak of Fire

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson – Outbreak of Fire

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson - Portrait of Karl Edvard Holmström

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson – Portrait of Karl Edvard Holmström

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson - Young man with death

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson – Young man with death

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson - Plangeometri

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson – Plangeometri