Signed C. Wilhelmson and dated -95. (Executed in 1894) Oil on canvas 49 x 76.5 cm.
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The Art Association of Gothenburg (acquired directly from the artist in 1894); S. Bjerre, Gothenburg (won in the lottery of aforementioned Art Association in 1894); Counteradmiral C.C.A. Fallenius, Gothenburg and Karlskrona (as a gift from the above mentioned, his father-in-law); Lord lieutenant B. Fallenius, Gothenburg and Stockholm (by descent from the above mentioned), thence by descent; Christie's, London, "Important Scandinavian Pictures, Watercolours and Sculpture (Property of a Gentleman)", 29 Nov 1990, lot 2; J.E. Safra Collection (acquired at the above Sale).
Gothenburg, 1894 (probably Valands Konstskola [Valand Art School] ); Göteborgs Konstförening (Art Association of Gothenburg), 1894; Salon, Paris, 1895, no. 1939 (under the title "Femmes de Pêcheurs; Suède"); Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "Carl Wilhelmson. Retrospektiv utställning", 3-25 Febr 1934, no. 39.
Listed in the artist's own catalogue under the year 1894; Axel L. Romdahl, "Carl Wilhelmson", SAK, 1938, catalogued under year 1894, p. 207, no. 43, mentioned p. 68 and illustrated half page, p. 65; Göran Söderlund/Björn Fredlund/Per Hedström/Thomas Lagerman, "Carl Wilhelmson", 2009, mentioned in a letter, quoted p. 13.
The masterful “Fishergirl” can be seen as a breakthrough work by Carl Wilhelmson. The subject was painted in Fiskebäckskil in summer 1894 when the artist was visiting home from Paris. According to the artist’s biographer, Axel L. Romdahl, this was the point at which Wilhelmson “came of age as an artist. […] Here there is no doubt. Calmly and assuredly he devotes all his technical expertise, acquired through humble, unstinting labour, to replicating the intimate subject.”
Apparently Wilhelmson himself was satisfied with the painting, as is shown by the letter (dated 18.9.1894) that he wrote to his friend and artist colleague Johan Ericson just before returning to Paris in the autumn:
“I have painted [...] this summer [...], now before I travel I will send two of them to the Art Association, an interior and a girl in a boat in evening light. It will be good to hear what you think of them, I think they are better than the ones I sent last year...”
Axel L. Romdahl writes that “there is major progress in expertise” in “‘Fishergirl’ signed in 1895” and continues his description:
“A skiff is rowed across the bay towards the Eastern shore […] over the evening-shining water by a very young girl, wearing a fine headscarf, Sunday blouse and freshly ironed apron. [...] The model, the artist’s young sister, is depicted with great fineness of expression. She has sat for her brother in a boat by the jetty below their mother’s house with the Eastern shore and the reflecting bay behind her. The landscape is shimmering beautifully. Strong local colour stands out in the edge of her neckerchief.”