A mid-20th-century oil painting depicting a street scene in Almunecar Spain. Almunecar is situated on the south coast in the province of Granada.
The painter, Sven Skald (1905-1975), had an interesting life. His father worked as the caretaker of a popular gallery in Stockholm so art would’ve been an integral aspect of Sven’s childhood. It’s easy to imagine that his Dad encouraged him to pursue a career as a painter having seen how popular modern art was becoming during the early-20th-century.
However, Sven soon faced the financial realities of life and found himself a job as a metalworker while painting in his spare time. Although clearly art was his true passion as he also attended his local ‘Technical Evening School’ where he honed his drawing skills.
He continued in this vein until 1944 when he was forced to quit his job due to rheumatoid arthritis. This unfortunate event in his life would’ve caused untold worry but equally gave him the time to focus on his art.
From this point on his career blossomed and he undertook various study trips abroad while also exhibiting his work throughout Sweden. This particular piece would’ve been created during a trip to the warmer climes of the Spanish coast.
The painting is signed/dated in the lower right and housed in a vintage frame that’s probably its original.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 18” x 15” / 46cm x 38cm Year of creation: 1956 Provenance: Sweden Condition: Very good overall with no issues.