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Mats Bäcker, Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Lac des cygnes /Swan lake

Mats Bäcker Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Lac des cygnes /Swan lake, 2005

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Mats Bäcker, Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Lac des cygnes /Swan lake
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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Photography : lambda print

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    9.4 x 19.3 x 2 inch

  • Support

    Photography on plexiglass

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 7 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Fairytales, 6 x 12 cm panorama camera, C-Print from negativ colour
    Serie of 6 pictures between 2005 et 2010, limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist :
    - Swan Lake, 2005 (with rocks)
    - Black bird, 2006
    - Plupp, 2007
    - Mermaid, 2010
    - Faun, 2010
    - Skogsrå, 2010

    Swan Lake, 2005. Print N°1/7

    "The first picture I took was of a famous prima ballerina, Anneli Alhanko. She was for many years the best-known dancer in Scandinavia. This photo was taken a few years after she retired. It is inspired from the fairy tale The Swan Lake. The white swan Odette is betrayed by the evil Von Rothbart. He makes his own daughter Odile look like Odette to steal her prince Siegfried's love. In this picture we can see the dancer almost hidden, looking down into the pond. Like the dying swan looking at its own reflection in the water, the aging dancer is staring into the mirror, contemplating the short life-span of an intense career." Mats Bäcker.

    We all have our fairy tales within us. Archetypes that we inherit through generations. The same stories emerge in different cultures around the world. The characters change and the context is of course tied to the sorroundings of the people that tell them. I grew up in a small town in the deep woods of Western Sweden. We had the nature close to us all times

    All the images have been photographed in The Biological Museum in Stockholm. The walls show different nordic landscapes as back-drops for stuffed animals and dried and preserved plants. Built in 1893, the idea of the diorama was used in a big format for the first time. The background landscapes were painted by Bruno Liljefors, at the time one of Sweden's most renown painters. Large scale dioramas like the ones in Stockholm, were later used in similar museums in for example New York and Chicago.
    The Biological Museum in Stockholm consits of only one large room with natural light seeping through the ceiling windows. The Biological Museum is primary a scientific institution built to show the fauna within walking distance for the urban dweller.
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Mats Bäcker

Sweden Born in: 1958 Emergent Artist
Mats Backer lives and works in Stockholm. He has been a photographer since 1977. He exhibited in France at the Galerie Nathalie Béreau for the first time in 2011.

Born in 1958 in a little village called Hagfors, in western Sweden, he is one of the most famous photographers in Scandinavia. He took photos in collaboration with one of the greatest theaters and operas. This led him to appear on programs, in magazines and exhibits on a daily basis. However, his career began far from theaters and operas.

In the late 70's and 80's, Mats Backer began his career as a photographer behind the rock n roll scenes. He met many famous people. One of his most famous photos were of Iggy Pop in Copenhagen in 1977. He was only 19 years old those days. In 1981, he moved to Stockholm to work for the new rock magazine called Schlager, which changed the vision on rock music. He worked in close collaboration with artists and didn't do the usual star portraits.

Mats Backer was also the photographic editor and a Scandinavian agent for his colleagues: Anton Corbien and Pennie Smith. In 1984, he stepped away from the music world and got enrolled at the Konstfack Art Academy in Stockholm, a university dedicated to art, craft and design. After having finished his studies, he came back to the world of theater and took photos at the Théâtre Dramatique Royal for a few years. In 1995, he became the official photographer of the Swedish Royal Opera and stayed there for about 10 years.

He changed the outlook on dance and opera photography thanks to his new way of proceeding. He used ideas and techniques from the fashion and publicity world to rejuvenate a very traditional culture.

Since then, he has worked with several operas, dance and theater companies in Scandinavia. He is currently the photographer for great classical musicians such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Lang Lang, etc. During all these years, Mats Backer exhibited throughout the world, in cities like Los Angeles, Riga or Beirut. He has also written many books and made short films.

In addition to his work in performing arts, he carried out a number of experiments and put together his own projects. These last few years, his works from the 70's and 80's have been very successful and were sold at auctions.
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Mats Bäcker, Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Lac des cygnes /Swan lake
Mats Bäcker, Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Lac des cygnes /Swan lake