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A Family: Paintings from a Bygone Age [Hardcover]

Carl Larsson , Polly Lawson
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22 Feb 2007
This work features stunning watercolour paintings by one of Sweden's best-loved artists and fascinating insight into Swedish rural and artistic life in the late nineteenth century. It is accompanied by an explanatory text giving more detail about his life and techniques. Carl Larsson is one of Sweden's best-loved artists. His stunning watercolours of his home and family from the end of the nineteenth century are acclaimed as one of the richest records of life at that time. The paintings in this book all depict Larsson's family: his wife Karin and their eight children. The accompanying text provides a fascinating insight into Larsson family life, and Carl's painting techniques. Today, over 60,000 tourists a year visit Sundborn to admire Larsson's home and work.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (22 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863155839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863155833
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 29.6 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carl Larsson (1853-1919) was born into a poor family in Stockholm, Sweden. He was accepted to the Stockholm Academy of Fine Arts at the age of thirteen and spent several years working as a newspaper and magazine illustrator. He moved to Paris, where, as a penniless artist, he met his wife Karin, also an artist. In 1888 they moved back to Sundborn in Sweden. Carl Larsson is best known for his lovely watercolour paintings of his home and family which were popularised through a series of books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lingering memories of a very happy family life 11 Nov 2011
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have always enjoyed looking at reproductions of Carl Larsson's pictures and would love to see them in reality, in the Swedish galleries or museums. Despite their being created well over a hundred years ago, they remain fresh, up to date and inspirational. "A Family", "Paintings from a Bygone Age" is a collection in landscape set up, the hard covered book resembles a water colour sketch book in style. The paper dust cover carries the same bright holiday picture as the hard backs.

The colourful artwork is beautifully printed. Black and white sketches by the artist also adorn the text. A straight forward biography of CL accompanies the paintings, introducing the reader to the comforting, close knit world of the Larssons. His wife Karin and their seven children Suzanne, Ulf, Pontus, Brita, Lisbeth, Kersti and Esbjorn. Such warmth and joy was found within his family that Carl wrote, on the birth of his first child; "Now I am the happiest man in the world. I turn cartwheels and somersaults!".

Their babies, as all infants, are gorgeous and the little children too, all are shown with beams and smiles, round faces and contented looks. Carl and Karin brought up their family in a small French village outside Paris and later Stockholm. Christmas cards were made and sent, printed by the Larssons from a copper plate covered in beeswax and soot. They moved on to their more famous domicile of Sundborn in Sweden, the setting for so many more glorious outdoor, and delightful domestic illustrations.

Ahead of their time, the Larssons were interior designers par excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book with art 1 May 2013
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Beautiful book with lovely watercolor illustrations. It is a title to entertain family and to decorate a family room. It is an artistic book suitable for children and adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars adorable illustrations 2 Mar 2012
By jasperwasper - Published on Amazon.com
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Adorable family paintings can inspire a child when read to, or inspire an adult to want to paint their own family version. Accurate Scandinavian backgrounds/landscapes help to see what life was like generations ago.
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3.0 out of 5 stars art books 9 Feb 2011
By Myrna Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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It's like a children's book.. not really good paper. I was disappointed. I love Karl Larsson and his paintings. I love Swedish style and it is the only reason I kept the books. The delivery was good and fast though.
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