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Carl Larsson

(Sweden, 1853-1919)

"Rödluvan och vargen i skogen" (Little red riding hood and the wolf in the forest)

Signed C.L. and dated Paris 1881. Panel 37 x 45 cm.

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800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK

75 200 - 94 000 EUR

71 800 - 89 800 USD

Hammer price: 
1 250 000 SEK

Originally in the collection of Publisher Richard Gustafsson (acquired directly from the artist).
Mrs. Thérèse Gustafsson.
Mrs. Inga Zetterberg, Saltsjö-Duvnäs.
Private collection.


Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, "Carl Larsson. Minnesutställning", 6 March - 5 April 1920, cat no. 19 (under the title "Rödluvan").
Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, "Carl Larsson. Minnesutställning", exhibition arranged in cooperation with the National Museum, Sept - Oct 1953, cat no. 27 (under the title "Rödluvan").


"Carl Larsson. Skildrad av honom själv i text och bilder. En krönika sammanställd av Harriet och Sven Alfons", 1952, illustrated half page, p. 57.
Ulwa Neergaard, "Carl Larsson. Signerat med pensel och penna", 1999, catalogued under year 1881, no. 79, p. 17.

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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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