An atmospheric oil on canvas depicting a nocturnal street scene in the City of Lund, Sweden. The artist, Justus Evald Lundegård (1860-1924), has placed a figure directly below a street lamp, which creates an element of intrigue.
Lundegård was a man that had his own mind. From an early age, his father encouraged him to pursue a trade that would lead to a solid profession. But during his education, he found that his sensitive nature was contrary to a traditional career. As such, he enrolled himself in Edvard Perséu's painting school where he discovered his true calling.
Like many, his style changed dramatically when he visited Paris and studied the impressionists, who were beginning to gain prominence. From here, he abandoned his classical style and began adopting looser brushwork and a lighter palette. This particular piece would’ve been painted around that time - when he returned to Sweden and took his new approach with him.
Lundegård exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1892 and his work is held in several public collections, including the National Museum in Stockholm.
The painting is signed in the lower left and housed within a period frame.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 15” x 18½” / 38cm x 47cm Year of creation: c. 1912 Provenance: Sweden Condition: Very presentable. Areas of craquelure and some wear to the frame. Artist’s auction highlight: £5,472 achieved for ‘Franskt Vinterlandskap’ in 2003.