Month: May 2020

Student at the studio

Bengt Lindstrom in André Lothe’s studio in 1948. Photo by Christer Strömholm, another student of André Lothe. After a year at Chicago Art Institute where Lindström became familiar with the abstract expressionism of Pollock and De Kooning in particular, the artist moved from the USA to Paris. He only has a few dollars in his …

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Balder

This painting represents Balder (or Baldr in old Icelandic), a god of northern mythology related to Odin and living in the city of Asgard. Balder appears in particular in a Eddic poem called Baldrs draumar (“the dreams of Baldr”). This shows the major influence of northern mythology in each of Bengt Lindström’s works. When the …

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Ymir, the giant

This painting belongs to the series of 7 monumental works (3 m x 2,50 m) representing the Great Gods Ase, now protected in a chapel specially built for them in 1996 and next to the Center of Modern Art in Midlanda, Sweden. Ymir, an essential giant, is a central character in the northern cosmogony. He …

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The Shaman’s Look

Bengt Lindström was fascinated by the idea of a higher truth. He looked for it in mythology, religion, shamanic rituals and philosophy. We find this fascination in his paintings, from the great gods Aesir series to the portraits of Lao-Tzu, Muhammad and Buddha. And naturally in this painting called the Shaman’s Look. Bengt Lindström, whose …

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Olof Palme

The mystery of the Olof Palme An important figure of Swedish political life, Olof Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party (Sweden) from 1968 until his tragic death in 1986. International, he is best known for being first Minister of the Kingdom between 1969-1976 and 1982-1986. Like his country, the politician maintained strict neutrality throughout …

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Abraham’s sacrifice

In this painting called Abraham’s sacrifice, Bengt Lindström represents his version of the famous Bible episode.Abraham, as he appears in the Bible, or Ibrahim, as he appears in the Quran, is tested by God asking him to sacrifice his son Isaac. After joining the place of sacrifice and setting up an altar for his son, …

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Thor

This portrait of Tor belongs to the series of 7 monumental works (3 m x 2,50 m) representing the Great Gods Ase, now protected in a chapel specially built for them in 1996 and next to the Centre of Modern art of Midlanda in Sweden.Tor, son of Odin, is the thunder and most powerful God …

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