A RARE PAIR OF PASTEL AND WATERCOLOR PICTURES DEPICTING ACTEON AND A MALE FIGURE SYMBOLIC OF THE EVANESCENCE OF LIFE BY AXEL SALTO (1889-1961)

June 16 2009, 1:40pm

Axel Salto (1889-1961) is counted among the masters of Danish design, although his overtly decorative work often went against the functionalist aesthetics of his contemporaries and successors. During his lifetime he was regarded as a pioneer of Danish twentieth century design and his pieces were acquired for the collection at the Copenhagen Industrial Arts Museum. Salto's early work, of which present paintings form part, was inspired by classical languages and Greek mythology as well as by the visual motifs of Art Deco, religious and especially demonic iconography. His ceramic work later turned to the forms of nature, like seedpods, budding flowers or fruit, for their fertile energy and form. Salto's work was unique for its time because of his uninhibited, passionate approach to developing and manipulating new shapes and colors. His awards included a silver medal at the 1925 Paris World Exhibition, the 1937 Paris World Exhibition Grand Prix and the 1951 Milan Triennial Grand Prix.