Carl Larsson (1853 – 1919): Interior of the Fürstenberg

Carl Larsson (1853 – 1919): Interior of the Fürstenberg

7/12/2021, 2:46:33 PM
Carl Larsson (1853 – 1919): Interior of the Fürstenberg Gallery, 1885, watercolor, Göteborgs Konstmuseum (Gothenburg Museum of Art), Sweden The Fürstenberg Gallery is one of the most popular and internationally renowned sections of Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden. The collection provides a unique insight into the dynamic Nordic art scene of the 1880s and 1890s, and contains several of the foremost works from this period. Carl Larsson's present painting almost make you feel as though you're in the gallery yourself, participating in this richly composed Belle Époque scene. Gothenburg Museum points out that many of the artworks and individuals in the painting can be identified: To the right stands Ernst Josephson, stooping, wholly focused on painting Göthilda Fürstenberg's portrait (which was never completed). Seated with his back to them, her husband Pontus is studying what is probably a print. The background is filled by Raphaël Collin's vast painting, Summer (1884). In the middle of the room stands Per Hasselberg's sculpture The Snowdrop (1885). Larsson's watercolour also gives us glimpses of works by Auguste Pointelin, Alfred Wahlberg, and Hans Heyerdahl. The sculptures decorating the cornice were done by Per Hasselberg, and the corner ornamentation was the work of French sculptor Louis Étienne Albert-Lefeuvre.

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