The Forgotten Abstractions of Ana-Eva Bergman


51wtGDCyf-L._On the 24th of July 1987, Norwegian painter Ana-Eva Bergman, wife of Tachiste abstract artist Hans Hartung, died in Grasse, on the French Riviera. Whilst Bergman’s talent was recognized during her lifetime, she held a marginal position in the European avant-garde during her life.

Anna-Eva Bergman had a turbulent and difficult childhood. Shortly after she was born in Stockholm, her parents divorced, and she moved with her Norwegian mother to Norway. While her mother was studying in Germany and Britain, Anna-Eva was raised mostly by her aunts. As a 16 year old, she joined the National Academy of Art and Design, then the National Art Academy under Axel Revold. In 1928, she accompanied her mother to Vienna and became a student of Professor Eugen Gustav Steinhof at the Kunstgewerbeschule. Then in the spring of 1929 she traveled to Paris and studied a few months under André Lhote. During…

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