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"Carl Larsson was born the 28 May, 1853 at
Stockholm, where he studied at the Academy of Arts from 1869
to 1876. He meanwhile supported himself by
illustration, went over to Paris in 1876, and in 1883 revealed
his first independent artistic style in a series of bright
and delicate watercolor.
As an illustrator, too, he shortly
attained a much higher plane. Residing first at Gothenburg and
then at Stockholm, he devoted himself to mural
decoration, his most important work in this line being his six
frescoes in the National Museum and his great ceiling-piece in the
foyer of the Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.
He is best
known, however, by his watercolor, abounding with true
Swedish feeling, love of home, and good humor. These
pictures, executed with a consummate mastery of line, have,
by their wide yet merited popularity, doubtless prevented
the general public from fully realizing his greatness as a
Rarely has the sheer joy of esthetic
creation so come to light as in Carl Larsson and his art. These
emanations from a singularly rich personality have influenced
and invigorated the entire nation. At Simdbom, near
Falun, Carl Larsson has built for himself a home in every
way worthy the artist, a home which he loves, and which
it has been his delight to depict with inexhaustible charm
Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the
EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston.
Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke, Art Historian and Collector, Wezt Vancouver, British Columbia.