The Town (Strindberg)

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The Town
The Town, 1903.jpg
Artist August Strindberg
Year 1903 (1903)
Type oil on canvas
Dimensions 94.5 cm × 53 cm (37.2 in × 21 in)
Location Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

The Town is an oil painting by August Strindberg from 1903.

August Strindberg as a painter

August Strindberg had no training in art. He devoted himself to painting only in periods and painted mainly landscapes to seascapes with dramatic waves and skies.[1] He painted mostly in periods of crisis, when he had difficulty writing. He did not have a breakthrough as a painter until long after his death.[2]

He has come to be regarded as a pioneer of Expressionism as an art form in Sweden. In the 1870s he spent time with several young artists such as Carl Larsson and others in the French colony of Grez-sur-Loing and then had himself started his first attempts in painting. He also performed as an art critic.

August Strindberg painted choppy sea in the storm with the seething waves, clouds of rebellion and burnings that whips against the rocky shores. His painting method remained personally improvised.[3]


The Town is an oil painting made with a palette knife with thick layers of paint laid on the canvas. It is a landscape painting, with a town anticipated in the background, reflected in a water surface. It is dominated by a dark landscape with a high sky and clouds, with a color scheme in white, black and gray.


It is shown at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.


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  2. Vad hade de på paletten?: Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939), Georg von Rosen (1843-1923), prins Eugen (1865-1947) och August Strindberg (1849-1912).
  3. "Staden - Nationalmuseum". Retrieved 2016-04-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the svenska Wikipedia.