Carl Larsson is one of Sweden's most renowned and beloved artists. He began his studies at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm at the age of 16. Larsson initially worked illustrating books and during the 1870s and 1880s he lived alternately in France and Sweden. In 1886 he became the head of the Gothenburg Museum art school, where he developed a serious interest in monumental painting. When the newly built Nationalmuseum in Stockholm wanted to adorn its foyer with art, a competition was announced in which Carl Larsson participated. After a lengthy process, he was commissioned to paint frescoes in the foyer with motifs from Swedish history. In addition to his monumental painting, Larsson also painted his family and scenes from daily life in his house in Sundborn, Dalarna, usually in watercolor. His home in Sundborn is now a museum, preserved intact since Carl Larsson lived there. In addition to Nationalmuseum, Larsson’s works can also be found at the Gothenburg Museum of Art and in Bonnier’s portrait collection.
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