Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad
Print: Offset Print (Signed and dated in print and printed Permild & Rosengreen)
Dimensions: 17.3 x 27.4 in (44 x 69.5 cm)
Condition: Overall in fine condition - very light handling signs and a few cuts on the sides (will be covered when framed) - please see pictures.
Dissemination: Very rare
This great artwork is one of four posters with tapestries from "The Arabian Nights" or "Thousand and One Nights adventures" which was on display in The Apparel Mart, Texas in 1972.
"One Thousand and One Nights" is a collection of adventures of mixed origin (possibly made between AD 500-1500), the shape of the adventure collection is Arabic, but most of the adventures available in other versions in other adventure collections. The tales are part of an overall story about a sultan who have been in the habit of beheading his wives after the wedding night, but he marries the clever Scheherazade, beginning a new story every night, so the Sultan should let her live a night more to hear the rest of the story.
The poster is the first theme in the collection with the text:
..."then she clothed her in a dress of ancient material from the time Khosroes, embroidered with red gold and with embroidery in the ground weave".
The woman who is standing up and doing her sisters hair is Scheherazade. The story with Scheherazade and the Caliph story is perhaps the most famous of the many stories in the series of stories that "1001 Nights" is made of up.
Originally, the caliph married to a woman whom he loved very much, but she was unfaithful to him. So he decided to marry a virgin every day and cut off her head when the day was over. One day he was so married to Scheherazade. She was not like the others - she was much more clever and had a story for every day. When the day was over she said that she would continue the story the following day. When the Caliph had to hear the story to end he did not have the heart to kill her. After 1001 night with stories and without Shahryar killing his wife, then Scheherazade quit her stories. At that time Shahryar is so in love with her that he refrains from killing a new wife every morning. And they lived happily ever after...
The craft of Wiinblad is often colorful, lush and full of humor. He was inspired by the sumptuous oriental style far from the Nordic stylish line. This artwork is differently true to his special line.
The views on his works are to this day very divided, but interest in his finer things are unrelenting - especially abroad (particularly the U.S., Japan, Germany and Norway). Bjørn Wiinblad's contemporaries were not exactly inclined to acknowledge his way to work, so his position as an artist has been a bit special. Globally, Bjørn Wiinblad is one of the very best selling Danish artists. He is (among other museums) represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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