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Carl Larsson

(Sweden, 1853-1919)
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
22 300 - 26 800 EUR
23 700 - 28 400 USD
Hammer price
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Lena Rydén
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Carl Larsson
(Sweden, 1853-1919)

Sun fans

Signed CL and dated 1885. Watercolor on paper, 55 x 35.5 cm. The watercolor was created for an article about the Solfjäder by Ludvig Looström. The article was part of the book "Med pensel och penna" published in 1885 by Captain Warner Silfversparre (1850-1930). The model is Warner Silfversparre's wife.

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According to inscription a tergo Anna Silfversparre.
Then passed down as inheritance to her daughter Brita von Gerber, born Silfversparre
Then subsequently her granddaughter Viveka von Gerber.
Private American collection.


Theodor Blanchs Konstsalong, Stockholm, "Konstnärsförbundets Utställning 1886", October - November, 1886.


Ulwa Neergaard, Carl Larsson, Stockholm, 1999, vol. I, p. 81, illustrated; vol. II, p. 28, no 242.

More information

Carl Larsson painted Solfjädrar for an article about Solfjädern by Ludvig Looström. The article was included in a book published by Captain Warner Silfversparre in 1885 titled "Med pensel och penna. En årsbok om svensk konst" (With Brush and Pencil. A Yearbook on Swedish Art). As well as Larsson, other artists contributed illustrations including Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors and Jenny Nyström. The elegant lady depicted is Anna Vilhelmina Silfversparre née Stahre. She married Silfversparre on 8 October 1884.


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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