Carl Larsson

Sven Lamm

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Carl Larsson is one of Sweden's and the Nordic region's most valued artists of all time. His pictures, above all the idyllic depictions of the home and life at Lilla Hyttnäs in Sundborn, radiate a bright and warm sense of life that still shines at us today. Carl & Karin Larsson's home Lilla Hyttnäs was to have a revolutionary significance for home interior design far beyond Sweden's borders and formed the framework for Carl Larsson's work in words and images. Carl Larsson is one of Sweden's foremost artists of all time.

The portrait of the little boy depicts Sven Lamm (born 1908), the second youngest son of Carl Robert and Dora Lamm. The work is painted at Näsby Castle, where the Lamms family lived from 1905. Carl Larsson has immortalized the little golden-haired Sven in profile by drawing it on paper. The magnificent Rococo table reportedly originally belonged to Lovisa Ulrika, Queen of Sweden in 1751-1771.

The dedication on the back from Carl Robert Lamm to Dora Lamm reads:

“Loved Dora.
Here with a look so gentle,
You get Sven Olof's picture.
The childish soul that is seen to shine,
Did Larsson know how to paint.
So that in the old days,
It is supported must remain.
And remember the time,
Long past.
Then thirty-five you turned
And Sven Olof gilded everything.
Don't just remember Sven,
But even if your friend.
- Carl Robert Lamm, Näsby on 4 February 1915"

Engineer Carl Robert Lamm's collections, Näsby castle (according to Carl Robert Lamm's couch purchased directly by the artist on January 20, 1915 for SEK 2000)

The Baltic Exhibition, Malmö, 15 May - 4 October 1914, cat no 87
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "Carl Larsson. Memorial exhibition", 6 March - 5 April 1920, cat no 301
County Museum in Gävleborg County, Gävle, "Carl Larsson's Dora", September 1985
Bukowski Stockholm, "Carl Robert Lamm - a great collector and his time", 1993, cat no. 17.

(ed) Karin Levander, "Carl Larsson's Dora. The story of the portrait of the lady in red", exhibition catalogue, County Museum in Gävleborg County, 1985, illustrated full page page 21
Görel Cavalli-Björkman, "Carl Larsson. The portrait painter", 1987, mentioned on pages 137-138 and illustrated on page 138
Ulwa Neergaard, "Carl Larsson. Signed with brush and pen", 1999, included in the catalog supplement in the year 1914, page 150 as no. 1548 ("Sven Lamm/Sven Olof Lamm/Porträtt av Sven Olof Lamm").

Technique: Watercolor on paper
Size: 81 x 69 cm incl. frame (66.5 x 53.5 cm excl. frame)
Year: 1914

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