Olle Bærtling

1911 Halmstad, Sweden - 1981 Stockholm, Sweden

Tere, 1962 Oil on canvas 92 x 60 cm
Karak, 1962 Oil on canvas 195 x 97 cm
Ikamiflyk, 1958 Oil on canvas 97 × 195 cm
Retrospective Exhibition view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel
Retrospective Exhibition view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel
Retrospective Exhibition view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel
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.