Bertil Sjöberg


Bertil Sjöberg (1914 – 1999)
Born in Malmö, Sweden
Lived in Denmark, Spain, and Sweden

Edward Berggrens, Stockholm
Rostrup Boyesen, Denmark
Kresten Iversen, Royal Academy in Copenhagen

Member of the Grupo Ibiza 59
1952: Danish-Swedish Cultural Prize
1956: Ellen Trotzig Grant
1979: Swedish State Grant

Represented at the following museums and institutions:
Aabenraa Museum, Aabenraa, Denmark
Florence Museum, North Carolina, USA
Lunds Landsting (Lund State Assembly), City of Lund, Sweden
Malmö Konstnämnd (Malmö Art Commission), Malmö Museum, Sweden
Museo D’Art Contemporani, Ibiza, Spain
Town Hall Gallery in Hirschberg / Bergstrasse, Germany
State Museum of Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Municipal Art Museum, Mannheim, Germany
Municipal Museum in Flensburg, Germany
Svenska statens Konstfond (Swedish State Art Foundation), Sweden

Bertil Sjöberg’s early works were inspired by the Impressionists and Paul Cézanne’s color schemes. Another important source of inspiration for Bertil came from the works of Pierre Bonnard, whose acquaintance he made in Paris in 1939. In the Forties, B.S. lived on Bornholm for a time, where his palette became darker and his statements took on a more Expressionistic tone. In the course of time, Bertil Sjöberg’s painting got away from naturalistic landscape motifs and moved toward surrealistic imagery. The image area of his pictures often consists of a number of small drawings, executed like calligraphic mechanical writing, while the palette was still impressionistic. Nevertheless, Bertil Sjöberg’s painting is characterized by an interplay of various motifs and painting techniques as well as an interest in simplification and details. Summary of excerpt from WEILBACH’s Dansk Kunstnerleksikon (Artists’ Lexicon), Vol. 7 (1997), translated by Bitten Sjöberg.