Who is Einar Jolin?

By Gwylym Owen

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Einar Jolin (7 August 1890 – 29 August 1976) was a Swedish painter best known for his decorative and slightly naïve Expressionist style. After studying at Konstfack, Stockholm in 1906 and at the Konstnärsförbundet målarskola (the Artists Association Art School), Jolin and his associates Isaac Grünewald and Einar Nerman went to Paris for other studies at Henri Matisse’s academy from 1908 to 1914.

He painted portraits, still lifes and cityscapes, always accentuating what he called “the beautiful” in his motifs. He mainly worked in oils and watercolors, using delicate brush strokes and fresh colors. His most noted works are his paintings of Stockholm during the 1910s and 1920s in his trademark naïve style.

Jolin made numerous travels, collecting impressions and inspiration for his paintings. He journeyed to Africa, India and the West Indies, but favored the countries almost the Mediterranean Sea, especially the island of Capri where he next exhibited his works.

He had several exhibitions at Liljevalchs konsthall in Stockholm and in 1954, he toured the United States past an exhibition, during which Dag Hammarskjöld purchased a painting for his office in the United Nations building.

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