Thursday, August 14, 2008

Olaf Gulbransson

The actress Elenora Duse, 1905 by Olaf Gulbransson. From Beruhmte Zeitgenossen, Verlag Albert Langen, Munich.

Olaf Gulbransson: 1873-1958. Born in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian painter and graphic artist. He is one of the most important caricaturists of the 20th century. In his ironically naive, powerfully expressive drawings, he communicated the essential characteristics of his subject using only the most economic means, and later simply by use of outline. His major works include Beruhmte Zeitgenossen (famous contemporaries, 1905), Aus meiner Schublade (From my drawer, 1911) and his autobiography Es war einmal (Once upon a time, 1934). (Gabriele Fahr-Becker).

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