Olle Baertling

Swedish, 1911 - 1981

Although widely recognized as Sweden’s seminal postwar artist, the abstract painter Olle Baertling has largely been unknown to American audiences, despite his work being reviewed and collected by the renowned Minimalist artist and critic Donald Judd. Baertling’s geometric works have a powerful optical effect that he achieves by mapping an abstract pictorial system. Throughout his career, the artist generated a rich field of possibilities and experiments with different configurations of line, shape, and color. This selection of works is culled from the artist’s portfolio distinguished by, what he called, open forms—fields of unmodulated color and outlined geometry
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