Description

    Bjorn Wiinblad (Danish, 1918-2006)

    Harbor Scene (five panel screen)
    1980
    Oil on panels
    Signed lower right Bjorn Wiinblad, 1980
    96 x 196 inches (243.8 x 497.8 cm)

    Bjorn Wiinblad took his fabulous art techniques to a different level as he expanded his works in size onto panel and tapestry. This five-panel masterpiece incorporates his flair for capturing oriental themes with great detail. His composition is superb as he works the moonlit night and the activities of the harbor scene around the central figures of a spectacularly dressed young man who is being seduced by a mermaid. Both are clearly mesmerized with each other and oblivious to others. The servants holding the candelabra to the left, the peasants huddled near the shore to their right or the elegant lady being carried by her man-servants near the sea. Wiinblad makes use of fine detail techniques in the surrounding canopy of floral decoration dotting each corner of the work. The wine-colored theme is carried throughout, bringing the five panels seamlessly together. The moon, sunset, wispy clouds and shimmering sea and details of the ships give evidence of Wiinblad's excellent brush work and stand in contrast to the sketchy figures that appear at the edges of the panels. Symmetrical, bold and vivid, the Harbor Scene evokes a feeling of both action and tranquility on a grand scale.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from the artist in 1980.


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    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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