Hej everybody! I hope everyone had a great Påsk (Easter) holiday. It feels so good to be back after a couple of weeks away. While I was away, I received an email from a blogging friend who has just discoverd Carl Larsson. "Which books in English could you recommend so that I could get to know him better?"
Carl Larsson, (1853-1919) was a Swedish painter and interior designer.
Born to extremely poor parents, Larsson’s childhood was not happy. However, at the age of thirteen he was admitted to the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. After several years working as an illustrator of books, magazines, and newspapers, Larsson moved to Paris, where he met his wife to be Karin. This was to be a turning point in Larsson’s life. In Paris, Larsson painted some of his most important works. Carl and Karin Larsson raised eight children and his family became Larsson’s favorite models. Many of his watercolors are now popular all over the world. In 1888 the young family was given a small house in Sundborn, by Karin’s father Adolf Bergöö. Carl and Karin decorated and furnished this house according to their particular artistic taste and also for the needs of the growing family. Through Larsson’s paintings and books this house has become one of the most famous artist’s homes in the world.
I, too, have loved Carl Larsson for years and have a great collection of books. Here are some of my favorites:
The World of Carl Larsson by Hans- Curt Kösten
Here is a series about his family,home and farm all by Carl Larsson himself.
A Home: Paintings of a By-gone Age
The paintings in this book all depict Larsson’s home in the village of Sundborn in western Sweden, where he lived with his wife Karin and eight children for many years. The accompanying text provides a fascinating insight into Larsson family life, and Carl’s painting techniques.
A Farm: Paintings from a By-Gone Age
The paintings in this book all depict the farm of Spadarvet in Sundborn, in west Sweden, which Carl Larsson bought in 1897. This book provides great insight into the farming practices of the time and Carl Larsson's technique.
A Family: Paintings from a By-Gone Age
This book contains 21 water colors depicting the life and family of Carl Larsson. Along with his wife Karin and their eight children,"A Family" give a great glimpse in the rural life of the 19th century.
Carl Larsson: The Autobiography of Sweden's Most Beloved Artist.
Home: Through the Paintings of Carl Larsson
Carl Larsson ( Portofolio Taschen)
You cannot mention Carl Larsson, however without mentioning his wife Karin, who in her own right was a brillant artist. The book "Carl and Karin Larsson:Creators of Swedish Style" is one of my absolute favorites.
On Friday, we'll take you on a little tour of their home Sundborn. Both Per and I have visited there at various times. It is such a charming place and has the feeling of pure joy. More about that later. Until then I hope this little reading list helps get everyone on the right track. Until next time take care.