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Wooden sculpture by Fred Leyman, made from a tree trunk. The work is called “Huldra” and draws inspiration from the forest nymph Huldra (“Skogsrået” in Swedish), who is a well known mythical creature in Swedish and Norwegian folklore. Huldra is said to have been a stunningly beautiful woman with a back made of bark with a deep hole in it. She would lure people into the woods and bring trouble to those who displeased her. However there are also positive tales of Huldra, who could act as a guardian to hunters and mountain farm maids.

In this striking sculpture Leyman has varied corse and fine, angular and rounded to express the multifaceted nymph.

Designer: Fred Leyman
Maker: Fred Leyman
Year: 1950s
Country: Sweden
Condition: Excellent
Size: Height 130 cm, Width 25 cm, Depth 23 cm

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Fred Leyman was a Swedish artist, schooled at the renowned Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg during the 1950s. Leyman worked in a distinctly modernist style influenced by the international modernist movement, music, political ideas and the environment in which he lived. He is best known for his around 40 large-scale sculptures erected in public spaces in Gothenburg and other parts of southwestern Sweden.

Fred Leyman lived on the island of Orust with his wife and children, in accordance with what he found to be ”a good life” – close to nature on a small farm with sheep and horses. He was also deeply interested in music, particularly traditional folk music. Both the open, marine landscape of Orust and the rhytmical qualitites in music were vital forces in his artistry and in the development of his personal style. Leyman used iron and steel and sometimes wood and leather in his sculptures. These are characterized by sharp and billowing graphic lines and the use of negative space, seemingly always reaching somewhere. It is an expression striking the perfect balance between abstract and concrete.

Leyman’s materials of choice were particularly suitable for large and sustainable sculptures and making public works was a substantail part of his career. However he also created many small-scale sculptures in the same, yet distilled, style of his large works. Nordlings is proud to introduce a collection of Fred Leyman sculptures made for interiors and private homes. The sculptures originate from Leyman’s estate and have never previously been available on the market.


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