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Hans Christian Andersen
  • Artist Jens Fänge (Swedish, *1965)
  • TitleHans Christian Andersen
  • Dating 1998
  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions91,5 x 76,5 cm
  • AcquisitionPurchase, 2011
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 2011-048
  • Rights and ReproductionJens Fänge/BUS 2012©
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
Description
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Jens Fänge (born 1965) came to public attention in the 1990s with a distinctive figurative style in pastel colours. He often mixes figurative and abstract in absurd combinations in a manner reminiscent of Surrealism. Fänge’s images often contain references to art history and Sixties’ pop culture. The result is a visual world in which effeminate men in eighteenth-century clothing come together with pop-culture icons such as Ringo Starr in pared-back interiors or urban landscapes, as if taken from Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical paintings. In Hans Christian Andersen (1998), the Danish storyteller is no longer a physical presence, but more a montage of different parts, a sugar sculpture straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

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