The extraordinary position of the figure creates an abstract composition in this large painting based on sketches of sailors working out in a Stockholm bathhouse. By his use of thinly brushed paint applied directly from the tube and by outlining the figure in blue, Jansson further abstracts the dramatic presentation of the foreshortened arching figure in an athletic pose that seems to defy gravity.
Artist Eugene Jansson, Swedish, 1862-1915
  • Ring Gymnast No. 2
Date 1912
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 75 1/4 × 79 5/8 inches (191.1 × 202.2 cm)
Framed: 82 1/2 × 87 × 1 3/4 inches (209.6 × 221 × 4.4 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund
Accession Number 1990.291
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, lower right: EugeneJansson | 1912
Estate of the Artist;
1983, (Julian Hartnoll, London, England);
(Peter Nahum, London, England);
1990-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Norstedt & Soner. 1920, catalogue raisonne no. 136, ill. p. 129.

Wollin, N. G. Eugène Janssons Maleri. Stockholm, 1928, pp. 129, 187, cat. 136, repr.

London, Mason's Yard, Julian Hartnoll. "Eugène Jansson The Bath-house Period Badhusperioden", Sept. 26-October 14, 1983, (unpaginated), cat. 7, repr.