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date: 23 October 2019

Fürstenberg, Pontuslocked

(b Göteborg, Oct 5, 1827; d Göteborg, April 10, 1902).
  • Jonas Gavel

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(b Göteborg, Oct 5, 1827; d Göteborg, April 10, 1902).

Swedish collector and patron. He came from a Jewish merchant family in Göteborg where he managed a textile company with his brother Arthur and cousin Ludwig. He was also active in liberal politics. His art gallery (c. 1885), designed by Adrian Petterson (1835–1912) and installed in the attic of his house, was open to the public, in accordance with his democratic principles. His collecting was in part a way to achieve social acceptance. During the 1870s he bought such conventional works as those by the artists of the Düsseldorf school of genre painting, including Bengt Nordenberg’s In the Organ Loft (1868; Göteborg, Kstmus.). Although an honorary member of the Kungliga Akademi för de fria Konsterna, in the 1880s he actively supported the modernist group Opponenterna (The Opponents), led by Ernst Josephson, who disagreed with the practices of the Akademi. He brought Carl Larsson to Göteborg to teach non-traditional methods of drawing and painting at the Göteborgs Museum’s school (now the Valands Målarskola) and he commissioned from him such large paintings as the triptych ...

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