Rachael Griffin

  • Ernst Josephson

    THE MADNESS WHICH IN 1888 tore in two the life of the Swedish artist Ernst Josephson was a guarantee of fame—of posthumous fame, since the creations which flowed from an imagination let loose “when the floodgates opened” were largely lost on his contemporaries. It would take vision schooled by Matisse, the monumental line drawings of Picasso, and most of all the intensifying disproportions of the Expressionists, to appreciate Josephson’s late work which anticipated these styles and directions by many years. The Holy Sacrament, (1889–90) Ecstatic Heads, painted in the same year, Portrait of Ludwig