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Carl Larsson

1853 Stockholm – 1919 Sundborn

Like his friend and fellow artist, Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson was a versatile artist who distinguished himself as a painter, aquarellist, illustrator and printmaker. From 1875 he devoted himself – with interruptions – to printmaking. Before then there had been no opportunity to train as a printmaker in Sweden. It was only in 1875 that Leopold Loewenstam opened a school of etching in Stockholm, where Larsson attended courses. From 1886 he concentrated to a greater extent on etching. His first major prints arose in Paris in 1888/89 and he gradually came to develop a formal idiom of his own, for which he derived inspiration from a wide range of different sources. The influences exerted by Japanese woodcuts and contemporary artists such as Albert Besnard, Puvis de Chavannes and Mary Cassatt as well as by the Pont-Aven School merged to form a very distinct style indebted to Art Nouveau. From 1901 Larsson lived permanently with his wife, the painter Karin Bergöö, and their eight children in his country house in Sandborn near Falun which has been made famous by innumerable watercolours and colour illustrations. It was these delightful and succinctly observed depictions of a family idyll which founded Larsson’s international reputation.