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Quayside Life
  • Artist Wilhelm von Gegerfelt (Swedish, 1844 - 1920)
  • TitleQuayside Life
  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions81 x 116 cm
  • AcquisitionBequest of Gustaf Werner (1859–1948) to the City of Gothenburg. Transferred to the Gothenburg Museum of Art in 2013.
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 2013-90
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
Description
Signatures etc.
Wilhelm von Gegerfelt was the son of Victor von Gegerfelt who was the city architect of Gothenburg and whose designs include Fiskekyrkan (the Fish Church), the Sahlgren House (the present School of Journalism) and the so-called landshövdingehusen (the Governor’s houses) in Gothenburg. Wilhelm’s extensive and thorough artistic training began in Copenhagen in 1861. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm before travelling to Düsseldorf and then Paris in 1872. In Paris, von Gegerfelt developed into one of Sweden’s most prominent landscape painters. During these years, his technique displayed some similarities with that of Carl Fredrik Hill, whom von Gegerfelt was in close contact with for some years in the 1870s.

A sought-after artist, Wilhelm von Gegerfelt spent many years travelling, but for the latter part of his life he resided in Torekov in Skåne. As a matter of curiosity,
he was, for a time, the teacher of Prince Eugen.