Carl Larsson rose to fame with his scenes of everyday domestic life in the country. His watercolours are a homage to happy family life in the home. Larsson's own childhood was one of wretched poverty, but through his art he created an idyllic dream world of happiness and beauty.
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Book Description Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1982. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. Flat and clean with a very tight binding. Minimal handling wear. Sharp corners and edges. No spine or hinge creases. No markings. Appears unread/unused. Bookseller Inventory # C653
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Book Description Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn , NY, 1982. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Color & B/W Plates (illustrator). Not Indicated. Originally titled "Fifty Paintings," this book has beautiful reproductions of artwork by Carl Larsson of Sweden. It has been out of print for several years but is back. Larsson's paintings detail daily life in Sweden from late 19th century-early 20th century. This book also has line drawings by Carl Larsson. Full-color art and black-and-white illustrations. 10-3/4" x 9-3/4" Larsson was born on May 28, 1853, in Prästgatan No. 78, a house on the Tyska Stallplan in Gamla stan, the old town in Stockholm. His parents were extremely poor, and his childhood was not happy. Carl's strong artistic talent had emerged early in his life. When he was 13 years old, his teacher at the school for the poor had persuaded him to apply for enrollment at Principskolan, the preparatory department of the Royal Art Academy. Renate Puvogel, in her book Larsson, gives detailed information about Carl's life: "His mother was thrown out of the house, together with Carl and his brother Johan; after enduring a series of temporary dwellings, the family moved into Grev Magnigränd No. 7 (later No. 5) in what was then Ladugårdsplan, present-day Östermalm". As a rule, each room was home to three families; "penury, filth and vice thrived there, leisurely seethed and smouldered, eaten-away and rotten bodies and souls. Such an environment is the natural breeding ground for cholera", he wrote in his autobiographical novel Me (Jag, Stockholm, 1931, p. 21). Carl's father worked as a casual laborer, sailed as a stoker on a ship headed for Scandinavia, and lost the lease to a nearby mill, only to end up there later as a mere grain carrier. Larsson portrays him as a loveless man lacking self-control; he drank, ranted and raved, and incurred lifelong anger of his son through his outburst, "I curse the day you were born". In contrast, Carl's endlessly working mother provided for their everyday needs through her job as a laundress. Carl's artistic talent was probably inherited from his grandfather on his mother's side, who was a painter by trade. However, at the age of thirteen, his teacher Jacobsen, at the school for poor children urged him to apply to the "principskola" of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, and he was admitted. During his first years there, Larsson felt socially inferior, confused, and shy. In 1869, at the age of sixteen, he was promoted to the "antique school" of the same academy. There Larsson gained confidence, and even became a central figure in student life. Carl earned his first medal in nude drawing. In the meantime, Larsson worked as a caricaturist for the humorous paper Kasper and as graphic artist for the newspaper Ny Illustrerad Tidning. His annual wages were sufficient to allow him to help his parents out financially. Frukost under stora björken ("Breakfast under the big birch"), 1896 Christmas Eve (1904–1905) After several years working as an illustrator of books, magazines, and newspapers, Larsson moved to Paris in 1877, where he spent several frustrating years as a hardworking artist without any success. Larsson was not eager to establish contact with the French progressive Impressionists; instead, along with other Swedish artists, he cut himself off from the radical movement of change. After spending two summers in Barbizon, the refuge of the plein-air painters, he settled down with his Swedish painter colleagues in 1882 in Grez-sur-Loing, at a Scandinavian artists' colony outside Paris. It was there that he met the artist Karin Bergöö, who soon became his wife. This was to be a turning point in Larsson's life. In Grez, Larsson painted some of his most important works, now in watercolour and very different from the oil painting technique he had previously employed. Carl and Karin Larsson had eight children and his family became Larsson's favourite models. Many of his watercolours are now popular all over the world. Their eight children included Suzanne (1884), Ulf (1887, who died at 18), Pontus (1888), Lisbeth (1891), Brita (1893), Ma. Bookseller Inventory # 043383