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Oil painting by Erik Nervil

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Erik Nervil was born in Vangede, a suburb of Copenhagen in 1928. He studied at the Royal Porcelain Factory in the mid-1940s and was active in Denmark throughout his life; he participated in a number of exhibitions across the country from the 1950s up until the late 1970s. 

This painting was produced during the mid-stage of Nervil’s career, in the 1960s. The use of layered, fragmented shapes placed on top of each other using textured oil paint brings depth and dimension. It draws on a distinct cubist style in portraying something - in this case, a still life of what seems to be pottery or jars - in a way that is removed from how it would have appeared in reality. Yet, even when taking an abstract subject, he manages to imbue the piece with a sense of warmth and familiarity.

  • Origin: Denmark
  • Era: 1960s
  • Condition: Very good
  • Medium: Oil on canvas. Framed in timber.
  • Dimensions: 58W x 4D x 59H cm

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