Sigurjon Olafsson (b. Eyrarbakke, Island 1908, d. Island 1982)

“Fótboltamenn” (Footballers), modelled 1936, later casting. Inscribed signature Sigurjón Ólafsson, 2/6. Patinated bronze. 100×90 x 40 cm.

Selected literature:

Literature: Sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson (1908–1982) Catalogue raisonné, no. LSÓ 247. Literature: Björn Th. Björnsson: “Íslenzk myndlist á 19. og 20. öld II”, Reykjavik, 1973, p. 190–191. Literature: “Í deiglunni 1930 – 1944”, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, 1994, ill. p. 131. Literature: Jens Erik Sørensen (red.): “Dansk skulptur i 125 år”, Gyldendal, København, 1996, p. 187. Literature: “Palle Fogtdal: Kunst der gør mig glad”, Palle Fogtdal, Copenhagen, 2014, ill. p. 86.

Selected exhibitions:

Exhibited (the model in plaster): "Danske kunstneres Spaniens-udstilling“, Den Frie Udstillings Bygning, Copenhagen, 1937, cat. no. 186. Exhibited (the model in plaster): "Linien“, Den Frie Udstillings Bygning, Copenhagen, 1937, cat. no. 198. Exhibited (AC version in bronze): "Samspil - Interplay. Sigurjón Ólafsson & Finn Juhl, Thinking across Sculpture and Design“, Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum / National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, 2015, ill. in the catalogue p. 45. Exhibited: "Sigurjón Ólafsson - Mangfoldige former“, Museum Sønderjylland - Kunstmuseet i Tønder, 2019–20, ill. in the catalogue p. 165.

In the years 1936 and 1937, Sigurjón Ólafsson created four attention-grabbing football sculptures in a simplified plastic idiom, where the group with the two elegantly floating football players is the third work of the series. The plaster figure was first exhibited in Copenhagen in 1937 at the "Danske kunstneres Spaniens-udstilling“ (Danish Artists' Spain Exhibition), to which the artists donated their works. The proceeds from any sales were to be sent through the Matteotti Foundation to the suffering Spanish people during the Civil War. The following decades the plaster model belonged to a private collection, but it was discovered during the 1990s and cast in bronze.

This lot is subject to Artist's Royalty.

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