Carl Larsson is one of Sweden’s most beloved artists and illustrators, with more than 60,000 tourists each year visiting Sundborn, Sweden, to admire Larsson’s home and work. His stunning watercolors of the Larsson home and family have been acclaimed as one of the richest and most evocative records of life at that time.
Twenty-one stunning watercolor paintings depict Carl Larsson’s family–his wife Karin and their eight children—and offer a fascinating view into Swedish rural and artistic life during the late nineteenth century. Accompanying the reproductions is a descriptive text that offers many important details about Larsson’s life and techniques
Here is a treasury of images that will delight both young and old with their innocent look at the Larsson family’s life and times.
Carl Larsson (1853–1919) was born into a poor family in Stockholm, Sweden. He was accepted at the Stockholm Academy of Fine Arts at the age of thirteen and spent several years working as a newspaper and magazine illustrator. He moved to Paris, where, as a penniless artist, he met his wife Karin, also an artist. In 1888, they moved back to Sundborn in Sweden. Carl Larsson is best known for his lovely watercolor paintings of his home and family which were popularized through a series of books.
Hardcover, 11 ¾ x 8 ½, 32 pages, 21 color illustrations, April 2007, v