Det brændende nu, Axel Salto Title translates: The Burning Now, Axel Salto, published by Danske kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen, 1989. 4to, 8" x 11", 80pp., illustrated throughout in full color and b/w. Text in Danish, includes biographic and bibliographical notes, artist's marks, exhibition checklist. In Memoriam preface by Pierre Lübecker, foreword by Kristian Jakobsen, text by Lars Dybdahl.
A catalogue published on the occasion of the large scale Salto exhibition held at the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen from November 3 to December 10.1989. Featured are works by Axel Salto (1889-1961) in his diverse fields of work: ceramics, textiles, book art, painting graphics and jewelry, as well as noting his founding of and writings for the Danish art magazine "Blade". Though short-lived (1917-19) "Blade" was important as an early forum for modernist art and ideas and a product of Salto's 1916 transformative visit with Picasso and Matisse in Paris. On returning to Denmark, these encounters inspired Salto, in 1921, to form "De Fire" (The Four) with fellow artists Svend Johansen, Vilhelm Lundstrøm and Karl Larsen. As a group they returned to Paris where they lived for much of the 1920s, creating and showing their progressive and often controversial works in the artistic crucible of 1920's Paris. It was during this period that Salto began to shift the focus of his art from painting to ceramics, ultimately creating approximately 3000 different stoneware works from 1923 to 1950.
Today Salto is primarily renown for his ceramic works, and this rare catalogue indeed embraces those but it also chronicles his many other artistic achievements and his important place in the pantheon of early to mid-20th century modernist artists. This publication has been referred to, in more than one place, as a "bible" for Salto collectors and dealers alike.
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