Nils Dardel (1888-1943) travelled regularly between Paris and Stockholm throughout his career, until he died of a heart disorder in New York during the Second World War. His figurative paintings often portray macabre stories based on a mixture of private experiences and ancient myth and folklore.
The exhibition at Moderna Museet partly explodes the image of Dardel as an eccentric dandy in the polite salons of Paris and Stockholm (he belonged to the aristocratic von Dardel family). In fact, he took part actively in the cosmopolitan avant-garde in Paris and used art to convey the early 20th century jazz era and its modern attitude to relationships with all kinds of people. Nils Dardel was not, however, purely modernistic in his aesthetics. He was also traditional in the way he used stories and myths to portray his ambivalence to being both seduced and outraged by the onslaught of modernism.
Curator: John Peter Nilsson
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