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Nils Dardel
Nils Elias Kristofer von Dardel — who signed Nils Dardel — is a post-impressionist Swedish painter. He was born on 25 October 1888 in Bettna (Södermanland, Sweden) and died in New York on 25 May 1943 from a heart attack. His grandfather was the painter and chamberlain of the king of Sweden, Frederick (Fritz) von Dardel.

He studies at the Stockholm Royal Academy of Arts from 1908 to 1910. He moves to Paris in 1910, and remains there most of the time until 1939. In 1940, he leaves for New York via Cuba. While in Paris, he travels to North Africa, Japan, Peru and Mexico.

His life in Paris is hectic and bohemian and dandy-like; he makes friends with a fellow Swede, Rolf de Maré, who is well-off and would later create the Ballets Suédois, and meets with fellow artists in Montmartre and Montparnasse. In 1920, he gets secretly engaged to Nita Wallenberg. He marries Baroness Thora Klinkowström in 1921. She is a Swedish artist living in Paris as well. Modigliani made her portrait in 1918 (see below).

He tries several techniques of fellow painters: cubism (only briefly, see the Senlis "rue de Paris" below), fauvism with pure colours (see the "Black Diana"), surrealism. However, he is basically a figurative painter and produces numerous portraits, and — in the 1920s — burlesque scenes with multiple characters. In later years, he will return to a more traditional realism (see the Mexican portraits).

In the 1930s, Nils Dardel meets Edita Morris (née Toll in Sweden) and shares his life — at least partially — with her until his death. One of several portraits of Edita is shown below.

Nils Dardel's paintings are shown in various museums in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Oslo and Hamburg. His most famous work, "The Dying Dandy" was sold in 1984 for the sum of 3.4 million Swedish crowns, at the time the highest price paid for a painting by a Swedish artist. The record was broken in October 2012, when the painting "Waterfall" was sold for 25 million crowns (2.9 M€ or 3.7 M$). See both works below.

See also Nils von Dardel's timeline (PDF).


Gallery

Click on each thumbnail for a larger version and details of the picture. The works are sorted by date. Some of the dates are approximate: I determined these based on the artist's style.
 

Self-portrait

Boy's head

Man's portrait

Farm girl

Girl in blue

Portrait of boy

My father

Philip Fromén

Dialogue

Self-portrait 1911

Self-portrait 1911

Elsa von Dardel

Male model

Svea Cervin

Two girls

Street in Senlis

Ships

Unknown title

Iron ball

Nybroviken

Street in Senlis

Alfred Flechtheim

Einar Jolin

Red mill

Maurice Rostand

Maurice Rostand (2)

Portrait 1913

Tobacco shop

Jacques Hébertot

Cattle herder

Ulla Bjerne

A lady

David and Goliath

Rolf de Maré

In the trench

Tourists in Teneriffa

Nita Wallenberg

Ambiguous companion

The deer

Japanese girl

Broken statue

Broken statue

David Sprengel

Komposition 1918

Conversation

Nybroviken

Peacocks

Courting

Black and white

Boy and girl

Ellen Roosval

Ellen Roosval

Jean Börlin

Without pardon

Dance with Death

The father

Russian girl

Venus and Cupid

Aina Stuart

Crime passionnel

Excentric lady

Dancing floor

Dreams

Bowling

Self-portrait 1923

Corsica

Magnolia

My daughter

Thora Dardel

Hjalmar Bergman

Philippe

A sitting man

Idyll

Playgrounds

Bronia Perlmutter

Tile unknown

Bronia

Gaby

Paranoid

Eva Bonnier

Trégastel

White shawl

African girl

Joen Lagerberg

La Bneia

Two girls

Aysha

A heart in flames

Armenian girl

Cocktail

Geraniums

Young girl

Marthe

Tollie Zellman

The angler

Angler's head

Grashopper

Snake

Papazoff

Wedding trip

Scarecrow

Two young ladies

Self-portrait 1935

Turkish man

Mexican girl

Cissi Olsson

Edita Morris

Eugénie

Sunset

The fortune teller

Vera Valdor

Angelita Velez

Coal porter

Conrad Pineus

No title

Sicilian

Martin Aronowitsch

Mexican girl

Mexican girl with boy

Mexican boy

A murderer

Mexican boy

Mexican man

Mexican girl

Mexican girl

Mexican lady

Mexican woman

Indian

Indian

Guatemalan

 

Funeral in Senlis

Sofia's funeral

Alkibiades

Salvation Army

Street in Paris

Hotel in Rättvik

Summer

Summer

Salvation army

Atlantic harbour

Atlantic harbour

The dying dandy 1

Japanese dandies

Bayadères

The dying dandy 2

Transsiberian

Summer Sunday

Death hussars

The bar

Mid summer night

Picknick

Waterfall

Family idyll

Columbus' egg

Black Diana

Interior

Lucienne

Ole Lukøje

Mexican steinbock

Black Diana

Headhunters

Headhunters

Irish girl

Death servants

Nymph

Ingrid von Dardel

 

Nils Dardel
by Ivan Constantin

Nils Dardel
by Marie Laurencin

Thora Dardel
by Modigliani

A work by
Ingrid von Dardel

 
170 works shown here.

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The music you are hearing if you have clicked on the small icon at the top of this page is "Minor swing", by Django Reinhart.

This page was prepared by François de Dardel.

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