(1850 - 1883)
Carl Skanberg was active/lived in Sweden. Carl Skanberg is known for coastal, harbor paintings (Venice).
Biography from Stockholm Auktionsverk
Like many artists of his generation came Carl Skånberg from simple conditions. He himself was reticent about his background. His father was a shoemaker and disappeared early while the mother moved to Stockholm when his son was slight.15 years old, he went to Stockholm, where he got a job as a sign painter. He studied at the Academy of Arts 1871-1874, and was a fellow student with, among others, Ernst Josephson, Carl Fredrik Hill and Carl Larsson. He was popular among his friends and the nickname Skånis he became the focal point of the Swedish circle of friends in Paris who lived a bohemian life, often on credit, in anticipation of the great fame. There are many anecdotes about how he always found the advice, despite the sometimes glaring lack of money. Ernst Josephson painted his portrait winter of 1880, a depiction that corresponds well with the description of his person: spiritual, witty and with a self-conscious appearance, dressed like a gentleman. It belongs to the point that S was very short, hunchbacked since childhood and, in their own words, "hardly anyone Adonis".
After completing his academic studies went Skånberg 1874 to Paris, where he won success and already during the first spring he managed to sell several paintings. In the summer of 1875, he visited the Netherlands, which came to have decisive importance for his development as a painter. There, he discovered the motifs for which he was for posterity is perhaps best known, port motives. His biggest success he achieved with the painting The port of Dordrecht, a prominent sample of Skånbergs skill in the denomination of painting, in reproducing the light and air shifts and finding unexpected perspective (art collector Pontus Fürstenberg purchased the plant which is now available at Gothenburg Art Museum). Already during the first years in Paris Skånberg part of a certain morbidity; In a letter home he mentions his rheumatic fever. When his health deteriorated and he became ill with asthma, he had to look to the south, to a more favorable climate. In December 1880, he went by boat from Le Havre to Naples and then to Sicily, where he stayed in Taormina in spring. In letters home, the enthusiasm of the Italian province overwhelming Holland stands coloristically seen as heavy and gloomy while the Italian countryside "flashes like diamonds". Healthy and in good spirits, he gave to grips with the fast sketchy studies reflect the Sicilian landscape and its villages. Even more enamored became Skånberg in Venice where he went later in the spring of 1881. In a letter to Frederick Tjulander he writes, "Brother, I do not know if I was dreaming, but throughout this winter has been a sweet dream, may awakening be the same. Wenedig surpasses everything that I have seen, how have you been able to paint and dry-off time away their time in other locations, I say that Faust: Give me youth, the youth again. " In Venice interacted all the impressions of the city's beauty, heat and ljuset.Trots the sometimes unbearable heat became Skånberg left in Venice over the summer and painted. He returned the following summer and autumn and painted then perhaps its finest works, the Grand Canal in Venice. The composition which is bolder than before and koloriten in gray and blue reproduce convincingly the regngrå atmosphere in the city. The painting was a gift to Josephson, who in turn donated it to the National Museum in Stockholm.
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