Stenius, Per Anders (born 21/11 1922 Helsinki, died there 18/6 2014), He represents the post-war modernist generation, who began to travel outside Finland's borders. Stenius visited India, among others. His paintings are in the border between abstract and imaginative art. The term lyrical abstraction has been used to describe Stenius art. The lyrical abstraction is considered to be a counterweight to concreteism in the non-imaginative art. In his self-portrait, Stenius is more inward than outward, and the work may imagine an inner world, rather than convey a resemblance to the model. The color world is powerful, and creates the impression of an artist who is brave enough to follow his artistic vision.

Stenius studied 1945-47 at the Free Art School and has studied studies among others. to southern europe and india Already his first separate expo 1950 showed him as a master of the nuance both in pictures with clear nature motifs and more abstract, often cube-influenced compositions. Stenius also belongs to the first painters who worked completely abstract in Finland, although he never acknowledged belonging to any direction of style; The only thing he tries to follow is, according to himself, "harmonious universal laws". Rejecting all the new isms, he has consistently continued to develop his intuitive sensitivity to what he perceives primarily in the landscape, than from Lapland, than from India. His compositions, which occasionally border with the informal, are characterized by a subdued color scale and a lyrical sound.

He belonged to the artists in Finland who dared to cope with a completely non-figurative painting at the earliest. Later, however, it returned figuratively in his art.


The Per Stenius Gallery has the country’s oldest and largest art collection.

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