Vibrant Life, Visionary Surrounds

Vibrant Life, Visionary Surrounds

In the quaint town of Sundborn, Sweden, an artist’s legacy lives on in the characterful abode he and his wife created together, each room and piece of furniture situated exactly as they left it.


When color reproduction technology developed near the turn of the twentieth century, Carl Larsson found widespread fame by publishing paintings in his book A Home. This volume gave the Swedish public access to the artist’s depictions of life at Lilla Hyttnäs, where he and his wife, Karin, resided with their children. Each scene was a poetic idealization of the family’s happiness shown through lively line and cheerful colors. Carl’s unique style contrasted the Impressionism of the day and instead was influenced by the folk and Japanese styles of the Arts and Crafts movement.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Carl Larsson is one of my favorite painters. When I look at his painting they invite me into his life. I feel like Mrs. Larsson would treat me as a kind friend. I like the pictures of their healthy happy rosy cheeked children.
    Thank you so much for the peek into Swedish culture. I hope you put something in Victoria about the St. Lucia
    Celebration on Dec. 13th marking th beginning of Christmas in Sweden!

  2. Carl Larsson’s children’s books are a delight of the simple joys of childhood. I was introduced to them when my daughter was in elementary school and he has been a favorite of mine ever since.

  3. As a “self taught artist”, I was always saving articles from magazines. I still have the article showing Larson’s home from an old magazine years ago. Are re-prints of his book, The Home still available? I would love to have one. I look forward to the new Victoria issue in my mail box soon!!

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