Östrasalt (Sale, vento e mare)

Acke, Östrasalt (Sale, vento e mare) | Östrasalt (Salt, wind and sea)
Acke, Johan Axel Gustaf (1859-1924)
Östrasalt (Sale, vento e mare)
XX secolo
Tecnica e materiali: 
Olio su tela (?)
Dimensioni (altezza x larghezza in centimetri): 
99 x 136
Dedica e data in alto a sinistra: TILL SIGURD ORNÖ 1906
Iscrizione in alto al centro: EN STUDIE TILL ÖSTRASALT
Completamento della dedica e firma in alto a destra: FRÅN ACKE TILL SIGURD ORNÖ
Luogo di conservazione: 
Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries, Londra, England


  • Villa Akleja, Vaxholm.
  • Eredi dell'artista.


  • Uppsala, League of Artists’ Verdandi Exhibition, 1907.
  • Stockholm, The Royal Academy Retrospective, 1925. 
  • Stockholm, Gummesons Konsthall Retrospective, 1934. 
  • Stockholm, Prins Eugen’s Waldemarsudde J.A.G. Acke Exhibition, 1982. 
  • Stockholm, Swedish Realism and Symbolism, Moser and Klang, 1983. 
  • Stockholm, J.A.G. Acke, International Art and Antique Fair, Moser and Klang, 1984.


  • Alfons Sven, Josephsson Ragnar, Svensk Konstkrönika under 100 år, Stockholm 1952, tavola 1906/8.
  • Bildkonsten i Norden, Tidens Konsthistoria, Stockholm 1950, p. 530. 
  • Hammargren H, J.A.G. Acke En Minnesskrift, Stockholm 1960, p. 197. 
  • Lövstrand Lars, Musee Svenska, Svensk Undervatattensarkeologi, 1964, pp. 3-4, illustrato n. 9.
  • Strömbom Sixten, Nationalromantik och Radikalism – Konstnärsförbundets Historia 1891-1920, Stockholm 1965, illustrato tavola n. 120 
  • Lagerlöf Erland J.A.G. Acke – a Thesis, Stockholm 1959, p. 76.
  • Konsthanboken, Stockholm 1948, pp. 392-393.
  • Antik och Auktion, Numero 12, 1983, illustrato p. 30. 
  • Skymningskonsten, Unikt för Norden, Konst och Konsthantverk, Numero 2, 1983, Illustrato p. 6. 
  • Från Neurasteni till Narcissism, Dagens Nyheter, 2 febbraio 1983, p. 4. 
  • Blåmåleriets renässans, Dagens Nyheter, 18 maggio 1985, Illustrato p. 21.

Descrizione / Description:

J.A.G. Acke found in the Stockholm Archipelago, with its open horizon of land and water, a perfect setting for his paintings and a place for recuperation and conviviality. During the summer of 1906 Acke, who had settled on the island of Ornö, was working on a picture that was to be amongst his most beautiful and celebrated: Östrasalt. This painting can be seen as a deep personal statement of his view of nature, and also as the most extreme and committed representation of ‘Open-air Vitalism’. Acke presents the Element as the source of life; he respects its immutable forces, which challenge over-civilized Man and make upon him an uncompromising demand for his obeisance. When Acke introduced ‘Open-air Vitalism’ to Sweden he was proposing not only a philosophy, but a complete way of life. The three naked man are exposed to a blazing sun and stand amongst the waves of a turbulent sea; they appear defenceless amongst the elements of nature which they may defy but never control. Their hope of salvation lies in the physical strength of their own bodies and their vision is fixed on the horizon of an uncertain future. Acke appears himself as the right-hand figure. His fellow artist and pupil, Rikard Lindström, is the central figure, and at the left-hand side is the composer Sigurd von Kock. Acke was to cut the picture; he made a present of the left-hand figure to his model, Kock. After the deaths of both Kock and Acke the painting was reassembled by the surviving model, Lindström, who filled in the missing lower fragment of sea, adding his own signature to the fragment. Acke painted a second and larger version of Östrasalt in the same year; this replica however lacks the spontaneity of the present version and was painted entirely in studio. It is now in the Gothenburg Art Museum (1).

1. Claes Moser, David Hynes, Christophesr Newall, Bill Waters, The Swedish Vision, Landscape and Figurative Painting 1885-1920, Stockholm : Jernstrom Offset, 1985, p. 50.