Carl Johan De Geer: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Baron Carl Johan Louis De Geer af Finspång (born 13 July 1938) is a Swedish artist, writer, musician and friherre (baron) of the De Geer noble family.

De Geer was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He grew occurring in a castle in Skåne, in southern Sweden. He broke past his bourgeois background and became a leftist artist, and studied at Konstfack, University College of Art, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. He along with exposed his grandmother’s Nazi sympathies in a film called Mormor, Hitler och jag (“Grandmother, Hitler and I”).

Most innovative and provoking at that become old was his 1967 painting of a in flames Swedish Flag behind the words KUKEN (COCK) and “Skända flaggan” (Desecrate the flag) written upon it. The painting was shown in an art gallery, but was snappishly confiscated by the police. Carl Johan De Geer has written a number of books and was afterward a enthusiast of the Swedish unbiased prog-band Blå Tåget. He has been married to the artist Marianne Lindberg de Geer, since 1987.

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