Carl Larsson : l'imagier de la Suède

© Nationalmuseum Stockholm
Carl Larsson, 'Mat Larsson'

Swedish artist Carl Larsson (1853-1919) painted cosy houses (particularly his own at Sundborn), peaceful countryside and scenes of daily life – today, his chronicles of rural existence have become a symbol of the Swedish art of living, and a matter of national pride. The images are neat, sweet, perhaps a little bland – but behind the overly perfect sheen, Larsson's paintings, etchings and prints display a very modern approach to composition and a sense of interior design that continues to influence a new generation of Swedish artists. 100 or so pieces at the Petit Palais offer a taste of this monument of Scandinavian culture.

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