Torsten Andersson

Painting, Visual Artist

1926 – 2009


Who was Torsten Andersson?

Otto Torsten Andersson was a Swedish modernist painter, best known for his theme of the realistic depiction of abstract sculptures, and two-dimensional exploration of three-dimensional objects, where the colors seem to be superimposed on a random and perfunctory manner.

Torsten Andersson was born in Östra Sallerup parish, in Skåne in 1926. After practicing painting at Otte Sköld's Drawing School in Stockholm in 1945, Andersson attended classes at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in 1946–1950. In 1947, he studied art at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

From early on, Andersson returned constantly to the question of whether or not painting can be seen as a language. He felt out of place in the Swedish art scene of the 1940s, when he was an emerging artist; it seemed to him that everyone had borrowed or inherited their artistic style. His own eccentric cross between melancholy nature painting and constructivism in the 1950s met very little critical understanding. Yet Andersson soon earned a reputation as an "artists' artist", or rather a "painters' painter-an artist" who went his own way, off the beaten track of modernism.

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Jun 6, 1926
  • Sweden
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Lived in
  • Hörby
  • Hörby Municipality
May 30, 2009

on July 23, 2013


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