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Carl Larsson

(Sweden, 1853-1919)

"Bikuporna"/"Hos gubben Morot" (The Bee Hives)

Signed Carl Larsson and dated 1884. Watercolour 64 x 48 cm.

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700 000 - 900 000 SEK

65 700 - 84 400 EUR

62 900 - 80 900 USD

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Originally in the collections of artist August Hagborg (an engagement present from Carl Larsson); Fritzes Kungl. hovbokhandel, Stockholm (around 1920); private collection, U.S.A. (acquired in 1928 through Fritzes).


Konstföreningen, December 1884; Theodor Blanchs Konst-Salon, Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, "Från Seinens strand. Svenska artisterna i Paris utställning", 1885, no. 59 a (illustrated full page in the catalogue); Liljevalchs Konsthall (Liljevalchs Public Art Gallery), Stockholm, "Invigningsutställning. Larsson-Liljefors-Zorn", March-April 1916, no. 5; Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "Carl Larsson. Minnesutställning", March 6 - April 5, 1920, no. 31.


"Från Seinens strand", exhibition catalogue, Theodor Blanch's Konst-Salon, Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, 1885, illustrated full page; Ernst Malmberg, "Larsson-Liljefors-Zorn. En återblick", 1919, mentioned p. 8 and illustrated full page in the plate section; Georg Nordensvan, "Carl Larsson. I. 1853-1890", SAK, 1920, mentioned p. 107 and 113 as well as illustrated full page, p. 115; Georg Nordensvan, "Carl Larsson. II. 1890-1919", SAK, 1921, listed in the catalogue p. 223; Görel Cavalli-Björkman and Bo Lindwall, "The World of Carl Larsson", 1982, p. 17; Ulwa Neergaard, "Carl Larsson. Signerat med pensel och penna", 1999, listed in the catalogue under year 1884, p. 24, no. 176; Alexandra Herlitz, "Grez-sur-Loing revisited. The international artist's colony in a different light", Ph. D Thesis, Gothenburg University, 2013, illustrated p. 103.

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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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