Peter Dahl (1934-) Norway

Painter, printmaker, sculptor and author Peter Dahl was born in Norway, but moved to Sweden during the war in the 1940s. In 1957, Dahl began his studies at the Académie Libre and then continued on to the Royal Institute of Art. He then studied with the artist Lennart Rhode. In the 1960s and 70s, Dahl taught at the Gerlesborg School of Fine Art, while also working as head painting instructor at Valand and later, as a professor at the Royal Institute of Art. In the 1970s, Dahl gained attention for his painting “Liberalismens genombrott i societeten” (The Breakthrough of Liberalism in Society). He first became truly famous in 1982, with the painting “The Park”. His paintings have an expressive realist style, with sensual figure compositions in bright colors. His work directs criticism at the right wing and the upper class. Themed images have become one of Dahl’s signatures; for example, he illustrated Fredmans Epistlar with 87 lithographs. Otherwise, the artist depicts his own life, often with a self-deprecating sensibility. In recent years, Dahl’s style has softened and developed rococo elements. Peter Dahl is one of Sweden’s most beloved artists and his works are constantly sought after.

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