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Bengt Lindström (1925-2008) is a Swedish painter and lithograph. He is one of the most famous swedish contemporary artists, if not the most famous. He studied in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, and then moved to Paris in 1947 to study in the studios of Fernand Léger and André Lhote. From then, he lived and worked between Sweden and France. In 1948 he discovered Chagall's and Bacon's engravings, and then made his first lithographs. This medium had a central place in his work. He met Bogart, Marfaing, Maryan, and Asger Jorn, of the CoBrA movement, who had a decisive influence on his work. Indeed his art is close to that of the movement. However, even if he was a close friend of Asger Jorn, or Karel Appel, he never belonged to the group. His style became more precise at the end of the 1950's: he uses big buckets of pure color, moving around his canvases placed on the ground, and executes works using a lot of paste. His use of the painting is almost similar to sculpture. Lindström mixed abstraction and figuration, borrowing from the shamanist experiences he had as a child in Lapland. His style is very singular, and his moving and expressive works were, and still are very much appreciated by collectors. He regularly exhibited in France and abroad, and took part notably to a collective exhibition of the "Nouvelle Figuration" group. His first personal exhibition took place in Stockholm 1954. His works are present in public collections all around the world, particularly in France (Centre Pompidou, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) and Sweden, but also in Germany, Italy, Montenegro, South Korea, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.