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Mother (Carl Larsson) - Nationalmuseum - 24174

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Carl Larsson was deeply attached to his mother, Johanna, but his difficult childhood had caused some tension in their relationship. In his autobiography, written many years after her death, he notes: “But look at the small watercolour portrait of my mother in her old age, which is now hanging at the Nationalmuseum. Is she not blithe! She loves both her son and everyone else, that ugly, old, biddy. Whom I once thought so fair!” Svenska: Carl Larsson var fäst vid sin mor Johanna, men de svåra omständigheterna under uppväxten gjorde att det fanns spänningar i relationen. Så här skriver han i självbiografin Jag många år efter moderns död: ”Se däremot det lilla akvarellporträttet av min mor på gamla dagar, som nu sitter i Nationalmuseum. Är hon inte blid! Hon älskar både sin son och er alla, den gamla, fula gumman. Som jag en gång fann så vacker!”.

Carl Larsson (1853–1919) was a Swedish painter representative of the Arts and Crafts movement. His many paintings include oils, watercolors, and frescoes. He considered his finest work to be Midvinterblot (Midwinter Sacrifice), a large painting now displayed inside the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts.

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1893
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Nationalmuseum Stockholm
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