I come from a family of artists with a long history dating back to Johan Törnström in the 18th century. Among other things I have made a figure head horse in memory of him.
The other day I received a letter from Bildupphovsrätt (Image Copyright). It is an organization that represents and manages copyrights for a variety of Swedish and foreign artists. The reason I got a letter is that I am a descendant of Isidor Törnström and therefore I have the right to take part of the resale right (följerättsersättning) payable when his art is resold professional.
Isidor Törnström (1870 – 1952) was my great grandfather. Most of his oil paintings focused on landscapes and folklore. He was also doing historical painting, something that was very out of fashion at the time, including 16 oil paintings showing Yxnes Tale. He was an artist all his life and his last (probably incomplete, unfortunately I don’t know) work was a monumental painting ”Vitus Andersson and King Charles XI.”
In the photo you can see one of his landscape paintings that I own. It shows cows grazing close to a lake. My parents have told me that when I was little girl, I was untiringly sitting, for hours, at the painting waiting for the cows to go into the lake and swim.