Axel Törneman: Bohemia and modernity
6 February — 6 June 2021

Axel Törneman’s (1880-1925) art is characterized by dramatic compositions and motifs in vibrant colours. The paintings depict the spirit of the turn of the century. Even though Törneman took up the role as a pioneer for modern art in Sweden, he remained a misunderstood bohemian who often went his own way.

Törneman’s artistic breakthrough began in Paris, where he was drawn into the bohemian life. In 1907, his colourful painting The Night Café caused sensation in Sweden, where the electric light and the absinthe veiled atmosphere was associated with both modernity and decadence. Törneman received his first recognition when Ernest Thiel bought The Night Café and today Thielska Galleriet is in possession of the largest Törneman collection.

The exhibition provides a broad presentation of an intriguing artist. From the early paintings in France, through the extensive production for book illustrations and caricatures, to the large paintings with motifs that portrays social life and mythology. With its 78 Art works, this is the most comprehensive exhibition of Törneman that has taken place since almost 50 years.

Curated by Adam Korpskog, Master´s degree in Art history.

Axel Törneman, Night Café, 1906, Thielska Galleriet

Axel Törneman, Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1908, Thielska Galleriet

Axel Törneman, Gudrun, 1904. Bokförlaget Stolpe/Foto Bengt Wanselius

Axel Törneman, Fågel blå, 1916. Foto: Patric Evinger/Åmells konsthandel