August Strindberg – “O crux ave Spes unica”∞ Rodrigo de Torre

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Born with nostalgia sky, as a child I shed
tears dirt of this filthy existence,
Stateless strange feeling among my
family and the society in which he lived. From my
I sought God childhood, but only I
found the devil.

August Strindberg

Love is a frequent topic of our inner dialogues because the feeling and loving experience, in the vast variety of its manifestations, They are crucial to our existence. complex experience that goes beyond the analysis of reason, He has always led in the field of artistic creation, the most varied forms and modes of expression.

The psychologist Erik Erikson believes that from our birth to the 18 months of age, It takes place the stage of development of basic trust, or basic distrust. In these months, babies learn what people or objects in your world can trust. They need to reach an appropriate balance between trust and distrust that allows them to have intimate relationships with others and helps them to protect. In normal development predominates confidence but distrust prevails, We see the world as a threatening place and unpredictable.

August Strindberg, Abril de 1875

August Strindberg, April 1875

August Strindberg (1849-1912), surely the brightest Swedish artistic modernity, It is considered the innovator of Swedish theater and the precursor of the theater of cruelty and the theater of the absurd.

illegitimate son of the housekeeper of his father, It broke in two to become aware of their origin, causing a deep and irreparable incision in his personality that led to a drama in which the characters are angst projections writer. In his novel Son of maid, the author shares the pain of his childhood, the feeling of not belonging to anything and anyone, incomprehension of the world around him and the need to find a God to protect and provide comfort to his injured soul.

Extreme sensitivity and keen intelligence, from child possessed some amazing things, their suffering illuminates a brutal work, stark and revealing. Its versatility is astounding and besides being an innovator in drama and prose, was poet, painter and photographer.

He married and divorced three times stormily. With the aristocrat and actress Siri von Essen between 1877-1892, with the Austrian journalist Frida Uhl between 1893-1895 and actress 25 years younger than him, Harriet Bosse, between 1901-1907. According M.ª Aurelia Capmany "his hatred of women made him delve into the issue of the affair, It posed as an endless struggle that women have the preponderant part as being devourer and powerful», imputándole to 'the feminine nature all the evils of mankind». These marital trances resulted in some memorable books like Allegation of a madman, e Inferno. Marike compatriot Stjernstedt said of him that "nobody has punished us both, but no one either loved us as much as he; nobody has wanted us to see so perfect, so smart, beautiful, beautiful».

Las mujeres en la vida de Strindberg (de izquierda a derecha): la actriz finlandesa de lengua sueca Siri von Essen, que fue la primera esposa de Strindberg (1877–1891) y con la que tuvo dos hijas y un hijo; la periodista austríaca Frida Uhl, su segunda esposa (1893–1897) y madre de su hija Kerstin; y la actriz sueca Harriet Bosse, su tercera y última esposa (1901–1904), junto con la hija común Anne-Marie.

Women in the life of Strindberg (from left to right): Finnish actress Siri von Essen Swedish language, who it was the first wife of Strindberg (1877–1891) and with whom he had two daughters and a son; Austrian journalist Frida Uhl, his second wife (1893–1897) and mother of his daughter Kerstin; and Harriet Bosse Swedish actress, his third and last wife (1901–1904), together with the common daughter Anne-Marie.

In Allegation of a madman August Strindberg, monogamous love to cause you a nervous wreck attacks, fulfills his revenge exhibiting the torturous suffering marital relationship with an unfaithful wife for over ten years. It departs from poetry, trial and shut plays for writing heartbreak suffered by a woman who rules his emotions with just a look or a touch. Mercilessly clubbed the same restlessly seeking the love of a woman.

But it would be unfair to focus on his misogyny, August Strindberg was much more, and especially a great and unknown painter.

In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, It emerged as Fauvism, August Strindberg was entering expressionist painting. Compositions that produce a feeling of emptiness and half a century later use Rothko achieving a similar effect. Strindberg painted in moments of complete absence of literary production, in response to one of its many personal crises. He was never recognized as a painter, perhaps before the precocity of their approaches towards the avant-garde of the early twentieth century, but he was definitely playing with "the free expression of personal impressions"; the avant-garde phenomena of the plastic of the second half of the twentieth century.

La noche de los celos 1893 - August Strindberg

The night of jealousy 1893 – August Strindberg

The night of jealousy It was painted during his stay in Berlin, Year 1893, and the first thing we deduce is that there must be an error in the date of creation of the work, because it is clearly an abstract expressionist painting itself of Jackson Pollock, or later still, paintings of Anselm Kiefer. Paintings born directly from the subconscious and onto the canvas as illustrations but not so much as mere records.

Bancos de hielo en la playa - 1892 - August Strindberg

Ice floes on the beach – 1892 – August Strindberg

La ciudad -1903 –August Strindberg

The city -1903 –August Strindberg

Like his other artistic activities, his painting is imbued with personal conflicts and their turbulent mental processes. His work extends over 115 most painted pictures in just a few years and almost exclusively in times of crisis, as if they were an expressive outlet for his inner demons.

Marca de navegación - 1892 – August Strindberg

Brand Navigation – 1892 – August Strindberg

The 7 of March 2008 It was published in media of different countries the news that the Stockholm police had recovered a painting drug raid The night of jealousy which it had been stolen from the Strindberg Museum in Stockholm two years earlier. Drug addicts who had stolen the work had made no attempt to sell and theft had been motivated solely by the passion of being in contact with the work.

Strindberg technique gets an open area distressing feeling while it claustrophobic. Nature as a reflection of his inner torment.

Altamar -1894 – August Strindberg

Altamar -1894 – August Strindberg

Died in Stockholm 1912, his funeral was a massive gathering of sixty thousand people paid tribute to the creative genius of the greatest Swedish writers. On his grave on a black wooden cross a golden inscription reads in Latin: O crux ave spes only. “Salve, oh Cruz, only hope."

Autorretrato tomado en el archipiélago de Estocolmo, en 1891.

I self-portrait taken in the Stockholm archipelago, in 1891.