Art in the Concert Hall Wilhelm Stenhammar

Relief in marble from 1935 depicting the composer Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927), also chief conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. The artist is Bror Chronander (1880-1964). The portrait is recessed in the wall in the Great Hall’s foyer.

Relief in marble from 1935 depicting Wilhelm Stenhammar, composer, conductor and pianist. Along with Hugo Alfvén, Stenhammar is the strongest candidate as a national Swedish equivalent of the Norwegians’ Grieg, the Finns’ Sibelius and the Danes’ Nielsen. In addition, he was chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra 1907-1922 (then called the Gothenburg Orchestra Association) and one of the leading Swedish pianists of the time. Stenhammar has had the smaller concert hall in Gothenburg Concert Hall named after it – Stenhammarsalen.

The artist behind the work is Bror Chronander (1880-1964). The artwork is recessed into the wall in the promenade outside the Great Hall.

Bror Chronander (1880-1964)

Sculptor, illustrator and painter. Raised in Karlstad where he became a student in 1898. Studied in 1900 for Richard Bergh at the Swedish Artists’ Association’s school and in 1903 for Carl Wilhelmsson at Valand. Has, among other things, performed “Fiolspelaren” located at the concert hall at Heden (the sculpture was destroyed in a fire in 1928) and “Arbetarhuvud” for Göteborgs Handel- o Sjöfartstidning and the bust “Peter Wieselgren” outside the Cathedral in Gothenburg. From the 1930s onwards, C. increasingly devoted himself to portrait drawing. C. has signed over 2,000 portrait drawings.

56 x 39,5 cm

Representerad: Göteborgs konstmuseum, H.M konungens samling