This mid-20th-century modernist composition by Swedish artist Siri Rathsman (1895-1974) depicts a coastal scene with buildings. It’s an exciting piece, produced by an artist working in Paris at the heart of the avant-garde.
Rathman was an extraordinary creative known for her paintings, graphic illustrations and journalism. She trained at Carl Wilhelmson’s school of painting in Gothenburg but soon moved to Paris to immerse herself in liberal thinking. During her time there, she studied at the Académie Moderne under Raoul Dufy and Othon Friesz.
Alongside her artistic development, she worked as an art journalist - reporting on the latest happenings in the French capital. Can you imagine the scene? Such a vibrant time for modern art. As an intellectual, Rathsman enjoyed discovering emerging philosophies and artistic approaches. Her own work is often associated with the ‘new objectivity’ movement.
Today, she’s represented in several public collections - both in Paris and back home in Sweden.
Signed in pencil, numbered (83/200), dated, framed and glazed.
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Overall size: 23½” x 30½” / 60cm x 77cm
Year of creation: 1953
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.