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Publication . Bachelor thesis . 2020

The amateur artist who became a photographer : A study about Birger G. Sjöberg's life and work

Myrne, Sofie;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2020
Publisher: Uppsala universitet, Konstvetenskapliga institutionen
Country: Sweden

This Bachelor’s Thesis discusses the Swedish artist and photographer Birger Gabriel Sjöberg. He was born in Varberg, Sweden in the year of 1835 and died 40 years later, in the year of 1875. During his short-lived life he accomplished creating both paintings and photographs connected to his hometown. These are now of value by culture-historical means. By answering question formulations regarding his living, education and esthetic production, the main purpose is to give a synoptic presentation of both his life and work. Since Sjöberg is not a part of the widely known context of art history, the thesis also strives to bring a light to a mostly unknown and unwritten artist. This study contains of two main parts, one biographical part, and one iconological part were a chosen number of his paintings and photographs are discussed. Throughout the iconological part, the works are analysed by means of Heinrich Wölfflin’s Principles of Art History. The introducing of the works is to give an overall apprehension about what he achieved concerning his creating in both work and private life.


Art History, Birger Gabriel Sjöberg, Sweden, Varberg, artist, Photographer, 19thcentury, small town, coast city, analysis, naïve art, local cultural-historical value, Humanities and the Arts, Humaniora och konst

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