10.3.14

A glimpse of Sweden


The “Petit Palais” (see previous post), housing the City of Paris Fine Art Museum, offers also temporary exhibitions. I attended the vernissage of one of those, dedicated to Carl Larsson, described as Sweden’s most beloved painter. There were some Swedish flags on the building and some of you may recognise the Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, who opened the exhibition.


I guess that internationally, Carl Larsson (1853-1919) may rather be recognised for paintings which are related to Christmas and, by some of you, more generally for illustrations of his home and family. His home at Sundborn in Swedish Dalecarlia can be visited (I have been a few times) and remains more or less as it was. Special honour should be given to his wife Karin, also an excellent painter, but especially the mother of their eight children and even more especially the interior designer of their home, creating this very particular style.

Carl and Karin met in France, where they spent several of their younger years. I made a post about the place where they – and many other artists – worked and lived at Grez-sur-Loing (see here). Some very nice paintings were made from this area south of Paris (the three, to the left, in the top row).




My personal memory of Carl Larsson is especially linked to a 50 square meter (540 square feet) wall painting, which I observed every morning during eight years in the Gothenburg school ”aula”, where we all gathered every morning for 15 minutes before the lectures commenced. (Carl painted a lot also in my home town, where he spent some years as art teacher.) The painting is named “Ute blåser sommarvind” (The summer wind is blowing).


The Carl Larsson exhibit at the “Petit Palais” with a large number of paintings and drawings from the Swedish National Museum, from the Larsson home at Sundborn and elsewhere, can be seen until June 7.  

And after the glimpse of Sweden, a glimpse of the Paris spring weekend, under blue sky and close to 20°C (some 65-70°F) - in the shadow (if you found it)!. 



8 comments:

Jeanie said...

Peter, this is one exhibit I wish I could see in person. I've always admired and found joy in the work of Carl Larsson. For many years I have had a book that is a collection of some of his paintings and I often look at it quite simply to smile and admire. I so like his style. What a treat. And then to cap it off with a beautiful spring day. Oh, as we look at mounds of snow, you are seeing leaves and warm temperatures. I hate to be envious -- but I'll tell you, I am!

Alain said...

Les scènes d'intérieur font un peu penser à des illustrations de livre de lecture pour enfants. Les paysages rappellent Jean-François Millet. Une peinture très XIX° et bien éloignée du courant impressionniste qui s'épanouissait à cette époque.

claude said...

J'aime bien son style. La fresque murale devait en jeter. Alain a raison on dirait des illustrations de livres de lectures pour enfants. J'aime bien.
Super Paris au printemps dans les jardins et sur le bord de la Seine.

Anonymous said...


Un artista maravilloso...

Así también todo lo que lo rodeaba...su familia...su país.

Maria

JudyMac said...

Cherry trees are in bloom, shrubs are budding, and the daffodils are in bloom here in mid-70's temps. Alas, we're back to more seasonal weather tomorrow, so it's not quite time to turn the heat off yet. :-) The art of Carl Larsson is beautiful. Wish the exhibit ran through September.

Ruth Mowry said...

So glad you brought this to my attention. Jealous for many reasons, I mean, Carl Larrson in Paris! And spring in Paris just for starters! You are so fortunate to have grown up with that painting in your school, I'm amazed.

As Jeanie says, it has been a brutal winter, and even now it is snowing again, with 3 inches additional so far. I don't know how much more will fall on top of the two feet already here. I am not sure if spring will ever arrive in Michigan, but it's a relief to see it anywhere, so thank you. Your photos are splendid.

Synne said...

How nice! I like the homey atmosphere and the everyday details in Larsson's paintings. His work is well loved here in Norway as well.
Those spring photos are supreme!

martinealison said...

Encore moi, aujourd'hui !
Je suis tellement occupée ces derniers jours que j'ai manqué ce billet...
Je suis une grande fan de Carl Larsson. Ce fut le premier livre artistique qui m'a été offert ! Je me revois le feuilleter encore et encore...
Un bel hommage.
Gros bisous