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Absinthe
  • Artist Karin Mamma Andersson (Swedish, *1962)
  • TitleAbsinthe
  • Dating 2010
  • Technique/MaterialLithograph and woodcut on paper
  • DimensionsVarje del: 48,5 x 60,5 cm
    48,5 x 181 cm
  • Edition2/99
  • AcquisitionPurchase, 2011
  • CategoryLithograph, Woodcut
  • Inventory NumberGKM 2011-01
  • Rights and ReproductionKarin Mamma Andersson/BUS 2013©
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
Description
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Exhibition History
One of the most internationally successful Swedish artists in the past decade is Karin Mamma Andersson (born 1962). Her dreamlike interiors and landscapes are derived from the artist’s upbringing in the far north of Sweden. In recent years, she has concentrated on prints. The lithograph and woodcut Absinthe shows a broad sweep of desolate landscape with a few scattered houses, viewed from the far side of a river. Gnarled tree trunks in darkest blue are silhouetted against a fiery red sky, which is reflected in the water. Andersson is one of the artists to have been most deeply affected by Dick Bengtsson’s enigmatic paintings. Looking at Absinthe, it conjures up Edvard Munch, Symbolism, and art in the 1900s, a relationship that the title plays on. Absinthe—the drink of choice in decadent fin de siècle Paris—was also said to induce hallucinations.

Kristoffer Arvidsson from The Collection Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg 2014