Born into poverty, Carl Larsson (Swedish, 1853–1919) earned a scholarship at the Stockholm Academy of Fine Arts and supported himself as a commercial illustrator. His career in fine art, in which his ambitions tended toward the monumental and allegorical, was lackluster, but this changed when he met his future wife, artist Karin Berg÷÷. Under her influence he began to produce light, bright watercolors, modest in scale and subject. Karin’s father gave the newlyweds a small cottage in the rural village of Sundborn, and as their family expanded, they lavished energy on remodeling and decorating their home. As shown by the two images represented here, Carl Larsson delighted in rendering the cottage and its inhabitants in loving, lighthearted watercolors that document the family’s idyllic country life.
Published with Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.Contains five each of the following two notecards: The Kitchen (from the series A Home), 1898, and Letter Writing, 1912. Click on the small picture to see the cards.