"Skyskrapor" ~ Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, c.1918-19.
Gösta Adrian-Nilsson (b.1884 in Lund - d.1965 in Stockholm), usually referred to as GAN, was a Swedish artist and writer. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Swedish modernist art movement.
GAN debuted as an artist 1907 with an exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Lund. After studies at Zahrtmann’s School in Copenhagen he traveled in 1914 to Berlin to study modernism. Through the writer Herwarth Walden’s gallery “Der Sturm” he came into contact with the contemporary art scene. Both Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc were of huge importance when he began developing a semi-abstract style with deep, vibrant colors, a style of expressive Cubism. He was fascinated by modern technology and “masculine strength” which was reflected in his artistic works.
In 1916 he moved to Stockholm, where his modernistic art and propaganda for the new art gained much attention. Around 1919 his art was developing into pure abstraction, and in 1920 he made several collages in the Dadaist style. Between 1920 and 1925 he lived in Paris where he came in contact with Alexander Archipenko and Fernand Léger. Léger’s influence can partly be seen in his rendering of mechanical human figures. GAN produced geometric abstract works around the end of 1920s, and during the 1930s developed his own personal relationship with surrealism and took part in exhibitions such as Kubisme-Surrealisme in Copenhagen in 1935 ~ Wiki