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Carl Larsson

(Sweden, 1853-1919)
Estimate
3 500 000 - 4 000 000 SEK
319 000 - 364 000 EUR
335 000 - 383 000 USD
Hammer price
4 500 000 SEK
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Carl Larsson
(Sweden, 1853-1919)

”Brita, en katt och en smörgås” (Brita, cat and sandwich)

Signed C.L. Executed in 1898. Watercolour and indian ink on paper 47.5 x 68.5 cm.

Provenance

Managing Director Nils Stockhaus, Stockholm; Hans Erik Börjeson Collection.

Exhibitions

Liljevalchs konsthall (Liljevalchs public art gallery), Stockholm, "Carl Larsson. Minnesutställning ", September - October 1953, no. 733 (under the title "En flicka, en katt och en smörgås"); Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, ”Carl Larsson-utställningen”, February 6 – May 10 1992, no. 84; Göteborgs konstmuseum (Gothenburg Museum of Art), Sweden, ”Carl Larsson-utställningen”, June 6 – September 30 1992, no. 84; Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland, "Carl Larsson. Dreams of Harmony", September 16 2011 - January 8 2012; Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, "Carl Larsson. In Search of the Good Life", February 10 - April 29 2012.

Literature

"Konst i svenska hem", vol. 2, listed and illustrated p. 110 under collection 107: "Direktör Nils Stockhaus, Strandvägen 17, Stockholm""Carl Larsson", exhibition catalogue, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 1992, illustrated in colour, p. 105; Ulwa Neergaard, "Carl Larsson. Signerat med pensel och penna", 1999, illustrated in colour, p. 237 and catalogued under year 1898, p. 71, no. 839; "Carl Larsson. Dreams of Harmony" / "Carl Larsson. In search of the Good Life", exhibition catalogue Turku Art Museum, Finland / Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, 2011/2012, illustrated full page in colour, p. 163.

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Artist

Carl Larsson is considered one of the greatest Swedish artists of all time. He was born in Gamla Stan in Stockholm and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in the years 1866-76. After his studies in Stockholm, he traveled to France and settled in Grèz-sur-Loing. There he mainly painted garden motifs. In France, he met his future wife Karin Bergöö, who was also an artist and came to mean a lot for his artistry. Already during his student years, he made a living as a photo retoucher and cartoonist in the press. It was also during his studies that Larsson got to know Anders Zorn and Bruno Liljefors, together the three are usually called the ABC artists. At the end of the 1880s, Carl and Karin were given "Lilla Hyttnäs" in Sundborn outside Falun by Karin's father, and this is where Larsson's most famous watercolors depicting his family were created. The motifs often depict sunny landscapes with children, crayfish fishing, meals in the green and interior scenes. Larsson is represented, among other, in the National Museum, where "Gustav Vasas intåg i Stockholm" and "Midvinterblot" fills the stairwell. Represented mainly at the National Museum in Stockholm and at the Gothenburg Art Museum.

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