The Larssons’ Handmade, Homemade Bliss: Swedish Arts and Crafts


51N8GZEVEEL._On the 28th of May 1853, artist and designer Carl Larsson was born in Stockholm. Following a difficult childhood spent in poverty, Larsson got a break when an art teacher recognised his talent and directed him towards a creative career. He started off working as an illustrator of books, magazines, and newspapers, then moved to Paris in 1877, where he did not integrate into the circle of the French progressive Impressionists and found it difficult to assert himself. Alongside other Swedish artists, he distanced himself from the innovative avant-garde and retired to Barbizon for two summers where he worked en plein air. In 1882 he settled at a Scandinavian artists’ colony outside Paris in Grez-sur-Loing; here he met his future wife, the artist Karin Bergöö, with whom he would develop a glowing career centred around their famous home and large family of eight children. As Larsson’s colours changed from…

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