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  • Carl LarssonLarsson was born on May 28, 1853 in Gamla Stan, the old town in Stockholm.Carl Larsson (1853 1919) was a Swedish painter, illustrator and designer.

    His many paintings include oils, watercolours, and frescoes.

    Larsson also drew several sequential picture stories, thus being one of Swedish comic creators.

  • His parents were extremely poor, and his childhood was not happy. When he was 13 years old, his teacher persuaded him to apply for Principskolan, the preparatory department of the Royal Academy of Arts, and he was admitted.

    In 1869, at the age of sixteen, he was promoted to the "antique school" of the Academy. There, Larsson gained confidence, and even became a central figure in the Academys life.

  • Larsson earned his first medal in nude drawing. In the meantime, he was working as a caricaturist for the humorous paper Kasper and as graphic artist for the newspaper Ny Illustrerad Tidning.

    He settled down with his Swedish colleagues in 1882 in Grez-sur-Loing, a Scandinavian artists' colony outside Paris. It was there that he met Karin Berg, who soon became his wife. This was to be a turning point in Larsson's life. In Grez, Larsson painted some of his most important works, now in watercolour, very different technique from what he had previously employed.After several years working as an illustrator, Larsson moved to Paris in 1877, where he worked with no success. Along with other Swedish artists, Larsson cut himself off from the radical new movements.

  • Carl and Karin Larsson had eight children; they became Larsson's favourite models. Many of his watercolours portrait her wife and children: Suzanne, Pontus, Lisbeth, Brita, Kersti and Esbjrn .

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    This house has become one of the most famous artist's homes in the world, transmitting the artistic taste of its creators and making it a major line in Swedish interior design. The descendants of Carl and Karin Larsson now own this house and keep it open.

    In 1888 they were offered a house, Little Hyttns,.

    Carl and Karin decorated and furnished this house according to their particular artistic taste

  • Larsson's popularity increased with the development of colour reproduction technology in the 1890s, when a book containing full colour reproductions of his watercolours was published in Sweden, A Home.

    Using a much improved tecnhique, the German publisher Langewiesche, in 1909, offered a still better choice of watercolours, drawings and text by Carl Larsson. Titled Das Haus in der Sonne (The House in the Sun), the book immediately became one of the German best-sellers 40 000 copies sold in three months, and more than 40 print runs produced up to 2001.

  • Works of Carl Larsson

  • A Studio's Idill Atelje-idyll1885

    His wife Karin withSuzanne

  • A Lady Reading a Newspaper,1886

  • Girl by a Flowering Hawthorn Bush (Flicka i blommande hagtorn),1887

  • Karin and Brita, 1893

  • Ulf and Pontus,1894

  • Flowers on the windowsill, 1894

  • The Verandah , 1895

  • When the Children have Gone to Bed, 1895


  • Breakfast under the big birch (Frukost under stora bjrken), 1897.

  • Brita and Her Sled, 1897

  • Lisbeth fishing, 1898

  • Brita as Iduna( Iunn ),1901

    In Norse mythology, Iunn is a goddess associated with apples and youth.

  • Apple Harvest, 1903

  • My Eldest DaughterSuzanne1904

  • Lisbeth reading,1904

  • Girl Weaving Red Ribbon,1905

  • In the Carpenter Shop, 1905

  • Threshing, 1906

  • Model writing postcards, 1906

  • Karin on the shore, 1908

  • Evening Before The Journey To England, 1909

  • Correspondence, 1912

  • Doing his homework, 1912

  • Woman Lying on a Bench, 1913

  • His last monumental work, Midvinterblot (Midwinter Sacrifice), a large oil painting completed in 1915, was commissioned for a wall in the National Museum in Stockholm. The fresco depicts the blt (sacrifice) of King Domalde at the Temple of Uppsala, carried out at Midwinter - a central event of the pre-Christian Norse mythology.

    The Swedish king Domalde. sacrificed in order to avert a famine.

  • Carl Larsson considered this his finest work .Midvinterblot is now displayed inside the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts.

  • Two more works

  • Spring (Vren), 1907

  • On the grass (Grongraset) , 1902

  • Useful link:

    Many of Carl Larsson works can be found atGoteborgs Konstmuseum SwedenNational Museum in Stockholm

    Mrio Ricca, 2013