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Anna-Eva Bergman (1909 - 1987)

Anna-Eva Bergman was a Norwegian abstract expressionist artist. Anna-Eva Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on May 29, 1909 but took Norwegian nationality following the divorce of her parents.

Bergman studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo (1927) and at the School of Applied Arts in Vienna (1928). She moved to Paris in April 1929 and in May of that same year began studying with André Lhote's academy. Bergman met the German painter Hans Hartung at Lhote's academy, whom she married six months later. During the interwar period, Bergman and Hartung kept company with the avant-garde artists Joan Miró, Vassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian in Paris. The couple divorced in 1938, but reunited in 1952. From then on they were once again part of the Parisian art scene with artist friends such as Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Alexander Calder, and Pierre Soulages. On several occasions during the 1960s, Bergman met the American artist Mark Rothko in both Paris and New York. She exhibited in


Europe and participated in major group exhibitions worldwide. Her first major solo exhibition in Norway took place at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter outside of Oslo in 1979.

The couple moved to Antibes in 1973 where together they designed their house and studios which later became the Hartung-Bergman Foundation.

Anna-Eva Bergman died on July 24, 1987 at the hospital in Grasse.