Lindström Bengt (1925 – 2008)
Bengt Lindström is a Swedish painter and lithographer. He was born in Storsjökapell on September 3rd 1925. Lindström grew up in the vast stretches of wilderness of Lapland, where he developed a great interest in Scandinavian spirituality, culture, mythology, and legends.
He studied art under the tuition of Isaac Grunewald (who himself studied under Matisse) and Aksel Jörgensen, and moved to Paris to work with Fernand Leger and André Lhote. Then, he travelled Europe and Italy and was granted a scholarship by Swedish magazine Aftontidningen, which helped him move to France. Lindström started to focus on lithography and engraving – which hold a vital position in his work – in 1953. He is considered to be an instigator of the « Nouvelle Figuration » artistic movement, and his works have been displayed in the most famous galleries. In 1979, he started to work on glass, an inclination that would follow him for the rest of his life. Lindström also produced large mural paintings and monumental works on demand. In 2004, Dag Jonzon and Hans Östbom released a movie on his life entitled « Lindström : the Colour and Form Devil ».