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Carl Fredrik Hill

(Sweden, 1849-1911)
8 000 000 - 10 000 000 SEK
706 000 - 883 000 EUR
737 000 - 921 000 USD
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9 200 000 SEK
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Carl Fredrik Hill
(Sweden, 1849-1911)

Trädet och flodkröken (The tree and the river bend, landscape from Bois-le-Roi/Brolles, France)

Signed CF HiLL. Executed in Brolles/Bois-le-Roi in the summer of 1877. Oil on canvas 54.5 x 73.5 cm.


The artist's family; the collections of managing director Charles Nilsson, Stockholm; Bukowski Auktioner AB, Stockholm, Sale 399, "Höstauktionen", 5-8 November 1975, lot 137; private collection (acquired at the above sale).


Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, "Charles Nilssons samling", 22 January - 6 February 1949, no. 38 (under the title "Landskap vid Bois-le-Roi"); (probably) Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, "Carl Fredrik Hill. Exhibition of paintings and drawings", 10 April - 7 June 1976, probably identical to no. 46 (" 'Trädet och flodkröken IV' 54 x 73"), however with erroneous information regarding owner ("Fru Petra Hedborg, Bryssel"); Liljevalchs Konsthall (Liljevalchs Public Art Gallery), Stockholm, "C F Hill. 'Det sannas hjärta' ", 18 September - 1 November 1987, no. 48 (under the title "Trädet och flodkröken IV"); Malmö Museer, Malmö, Sweden, "E Munch. 'Kunsten er ens hjerteblod' ", 3 December 1987 - 14 February 1988, no. 48 (under the title "Trädet och flodkröken IV"); Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, "Carl Fredrik Hill", 1 October 1999 - 16 January 2000, no. 68 (under the title "Trädet och flodkröken IV").


"Konst i svenska hem", vol. II, N:o 11, listed p. 561 and illustrated full page, p. 560 ("Landskap Bois-le-Roi [1877]") under collection 951: "Direktör Charles Nilsson, Ulrikagatan 2, Stockholm"; Adolf Anderberg, "Carl Hill. Hans liv och hans konst", 1951, listed in the catalogue (under "Bois-le-Roi: April och första sommarmånaderna 1877") p. 310 (under the title "Trädet och flodkröken IV"); (Ed.) Karin Sidén, "Carl Fredrik Hill", exhibition catalogue no. 615, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 1999, illustrated in colour p. 59 (under the title "Trädet och flodkröken IV") and listed in the catalogue p. 215, no. 68; Sten Åke Nilsson, "Carl Fredrik Hill. Maximus Pictor", 2011, illustrated full page in colour p. 154 (under the title "Trädet och flodkröken V").

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Carl Fredrik Hill was a Swedish artist born in Lund. Hill is considered one of Sweden's formost landscape painters. His fate and artistry are perhaps the strangest but most interesting in Swedish art history. Born in an academic home in Lund, despite his father's protests, he managed to begin studies at the Art Academy in Stockholm and then traveled to France, where he came in contact with Corot's landscape painting. He found his inspiration in Barbizon and later on the River Oise, in Luc-sur-Mer and Bois-le-Roi. He painted frantically with the hope of being accepted into the Salon de Paris. Already during his student years, he struggled with an incipient mental illness and at the age of 28 he was taken to the mental hospital in Passy. During the hospital stay he began his rich production of drawings and then continued with the production after his return to Lund, where he was cared for by his family for the rest of his life. In thousands drawings, a fantasy world of figures scenes appears. Today, Hill's river landscape and flowering fruit trees from the years in France, together with the visionary drawings from the period of illness in Lund, have received great recognition. His art depicts a loneliness and longing that is easy to get caught up in. He is mainly represented at the Malmö Museum and at the National Museum in Stockholm.

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