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Lot 474

Elna Bendixen O/C Tropical Scene

Estimate: $600 - $800

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Elna Heiberg Bendixen or Bendixsen (Danish, 1887-1959) oil on canvas painting depicting three figures in a tropical landscape setting. Signed lower right. Stained molded wooden frame. Sight: 24" H x 19" W. Framed: 26" H x 21" W. Biography: "Danish born artist Elna Bendixsen painted and drew exotic motifs from the jungle world of the Orient and the life of the native population. Stylistically, she was influenced by Cubism, but also to some extent by Oriental art. With technical skill, the works reproduce the distinctive light that reigns at the bottom of the deep tropical forests, a light that obliterates normal European concepts of spatiality and perspective. Both this light and the colors, condensed and yet transparent, help to give the works a stylized, flat-toned character." Source: Kunstindeks Danmark (Danish Art Index).

The estate of Dr. Thomas Bechtel, Memphis, Tennessee.


4" stain or smear line upper left quadrant near tree limb. Canvas needs restretching and exhibits stretcher lines to front of canvas. Some craquelure, mainly to upper half of canvas. Scattered grime and a few dark spots to clothing of center figure. A few tiny flakes to one figure's blue head scarf.