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Portrait of an Artist (1)

Fig. 2: Einar Forseth window at Coventry Cathedral.

The Daniel Katz Gallery in London is currently selling a portrait of Einar Forseth (1892–1988) [fig. 1], the Swedish stained-glass artist responsible for some of the most striking modernist windows in Coventry Cathedral [fig. 2]. The portrait is by Axel Fridell (1894–1935), a leading Swedish painter and print-maker before the Second World War. A print of the painting dated 1914 was exhibited in Stockholm in 1936.

Fig. 1. Portrait of Einar Forseth by Axel Fridell. © Daniel Katz Gallery

Fig. 1. Portrait of Einar Forseth by Axel Fridell. © Daniel Katz Gallery

Fig. 2: Einar Forseth window at Coventry Cathedral.

Fig. 2: Einar Forseth window at Coventry Cathedral.

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Carl Einar Andreas Forseth was born in Linköping in southern Sweden. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm (1912–15). From 1921 to 1923, he decorated the Golden Hall in Stockholm’s City Hall with mosaics in the Byzantine style, creating the Queen of Lake Mälar as the central figure. Apart from Coventry Cathedral, he also made windows for St Mary’s Church, Helsingborg (1937), and Sankt Nicolai, Halmstad (1937).