Presentation of Tora Vega Holmström


13 juni – 30 aug





3:rd floor

During the summer Ystads Art museum presents the work of the important and interesting artist Tora Vega Holmströms in an extensive exhibition on the 3:rd floor. An artist closely related with the breakthrough of modernism in Skåne.

Tora Vega Holmström had her base in Skåne where she grew up. She was educated in the beginning of the 19th century at Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg and in Adolf Hölzels school in Dachau in Germany. After finishing her education she travelled a lot in Europe and to North Africa to get inspiration. She spent long periods in different places in Europe not least in France, in Paris and in Marseille. The art historian Birgit Rausing describes Holmström, in her book about the artist, as " independent Scanian European …", "…brave in both color and form".

For a long time it was mostly still-life, figure- and portrait painting which occupied Tora Vega Holmström. She liked to paint colorful people with characteristic features. Eventually she also came to paint landscapes. It was the hills at Kåseberga, where she spent her summers and where she had a studio during the years 1937-1962, which inspired her. "I’m hopelessly in love with the landscape" Holmström wrote from Kåseberga, in a letter to her friend and artist colleague Ester Almqvist and it was this particular landscape, that she with strong and vibrant colors in more or less stylized form, reproduced in different versions.

The exhibition at Ystad art museum presents around sixty paintings in oil and pastel, depicting portraits of people from near and afar, still-lifes from different time periods and the landscape around Kåseberga.

Publicerad 2014-01-17, Uppdaterad 2014-10-07