A patinated plaster sculpture depicting a peacefully resting tiger. Although simplistic in its style, it is skilfully executed with a 'living quality' and serene energy. The piece is signed Frisendahl, Paris-55 on verso and is likely made by the Swedish sculptor Fredrik Frisendahl.
- Artist: (possibly) Fredrik Frisendahl
- Measures: 18 x 13 x 5.5 cm
Signed: Frisendahl, Paris-55
- Material: Patinated plaster
- Condition: Surface wear, one corner is damaged.
Fredrik Frisendahl (1891-1984)
Fredrik Frisendahl was born in a small community in the north of Sweden. He was brother to sculptors Carl Frisendahl (1896-1948) and Halvar Frisendahl (1889-1953).
Frisendahl worked as a decorative sculptor in Stockholm 1912-1920. From 1920–21 he studied under Bourdelle at the Académie Colarossi in Paris, and then continued his training in Florence and Rome 1921-1922. In 1922 Frisendahl debuted at the Liljevalchs Spring Salon with the work "Sitting Girl". He was exhibited in Stockholm (1932), Enköping (1944), Linköping, Gothenburg (1945) and Sollefteå (1952).
His oeuvre includes around 50 portrait busts and medallions. An avid hunter, Frisendahl sculpted a wide range of animal imagery based on sketches he drew in nature. The animal motifs also appear in his glass etchings. His largest work was the sculpture group, "Timmerflottare" (lumber floaters) (1940), placed in the Ångerman river in Sollefteå as a symbol for the citys logging history. He is represented in the collections of Gothenburg Museum of Art, Västerås Museum, Östersund's Museum and Härnösand.
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