Olle Bærtling

1911 Halmstad, Sweden - 1981 Stockholm, Sweden

XRAL, 1972 Painted iron 250 x 750 cm

Tere, 1962 Oil on canvas 92 x 60 cm

Karak, 1962 Oil on canvas 195 x 97 cm

Retrospective Exhibition view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel

Retrospective Exhibition view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel

Retrospective Exhibition view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel

Olle Bærtling Liljevalchs konsthall, 1961 Photo: Harry Dittmer/Tio

Abstract painter Olle Baertling was one of Sweden’s most seminal postwar artists. His works have a powerful optical effect, while appearing to extend beyond the two dimensional canvas. Influenced by European non-figurative art from the 1940s and American Post-Painterly Abstraction, his geometric works are transcendental in nature and showcase his own kind of psychological imaging. In addition, Baertling envisaged an utopian future, which is reflected in his artworks.