Yrjo Edelmann

Yrjo Edelmann (1941-2016) was a Swedish painter who was best known for his hyperrealistic paintings of wrapped parcels. As Edelmann evolved as an artist, his compositions became more complex, and his photorealistic oil paintings of these crinkled up packages were so realistic that they were - and still are - very often mistaken as being three dimensional pieces. "To create his smooth trompe-l’oeil surfaces, Edelmann built up thin layers of oil paint using a traditional Renaissance glazing technique, gradually achieving the highest possible degree of dexterity and illusionism" [artnet]. He is well known for his artwork being featured in Absolut Vodka advertising campaigns and is celebrated as a great illusionist and one of Sweden's most acclaimed contemporary artists.

Package 1

Package 1, c. 1998, lithograph, 17 1/2 x 23 1/5", ed. 141/360

Package 4

Package 4, c. 1998, lithograph, 25 3/16 x 35 7/8", ed. 168/199

Wrapped Pink Bottle

Wrapped Pink Bottle, c. 1998, lithograph, 24 1/2 x 18", ed. 222/360

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Untitled, 1983, oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 1 1/2"