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Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015), Author, Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015), Author, Nobel Prize Laureate

    TitleTomas Tranströmer (1931-2015), Author, Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Technique/ MaterialGelatin silver print
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 55,5 x 45 cm
  • DatingExecuted 2006-05-22
  • Artist/Maker Photographer: Hans Gedda, Swedish, born 1942
  • Depicted PersonTomas Tranströmer, Swedish, born 1931-04-15
  • CategoryPhotographs
  • Inventory No.NMGrh 4437
  • AcquisitionDonated 2006 Gift Fund of Gripsholmsföreningen av år 1937 (Axel Hirsch Fund).
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    In the portrait of Tomas Tranströmer, no one would suspect that a stroke had left the author hemiplegic. The picture is remarkably meditative, with a beetle moving in the opposite direction across the table. It could be a reference to the scarab, the ancient Egyptian symbol for the morning sun, but more specifically to the fact that a newly-discovered species of beetles was named after Tranströmer, in honour of his 80th birthday.