CHRISTMAS TREE 1917
In my previous post I featured several Carl Larsson products - a collectible cookie tin and a cake tray. A lot of Larsson's paintings are used for Christmas merchandise. I think he must have really loved Christmas, considering he produced so many Christmas paintings. He must also have loved his children a lot, since he often used them as models for the pretty, robust children in the paintings.
His interior paintings reveal a colorful, warm, bright and cozy world in defiance of the bitter cold world outside. And people even seem to be happy in the outdoor paintings.
Although Larsson was Swedish and not Norwegian, I think that he really represents the Scandinavian spirit and so I have embraced his images wholeheartedly. I especially love the painting of his daughter Brita in her red dress and cap, holding apples and candles. I have a wall hanging of it which goes in my kitchen at Christmas time.
In celebration of the season, I put together this group of a dozen of Larsson's Christmas and winter paintings.
BRITA WITH APPLES
CHRISTMAS MORNING 1894
THE WASH HOUSE (BRITA WITH SLED)
KERSTI'S SLEIGH RIDE
NOW IT'S CHRISTMAS
"GIRL IN A RED COAT"
LITTLE GIRL SKIING
ST. LUCIA DAY
MURRE ON A ROCKING HORSE