Particularly sensitive to the strange blue aura the city emanated at night, he chose one colour for his landscapes : blue. Music was undoubtedly another source of inspiration, and he entitled several of his paintings “ Nocturne ”, after Chopin, his favourite composer. After 1904, he dealt with a new subject : the male nude. These paintings caused a sensation due to their origiginality, but their ambiguity attracted harsh criticism - never since antiquity had athletes' bodies been scrutinized in such a way. Unknown outside Sweden, Jansson was a singular artist, bold and innovative. Prone to depression, he charted a strange career, haunted by night, desire and death.
Exhibition organised with the help of the Swedish Ministry of Culture