My travels around the world

Central part of Sweden

Sundborn

Summer 2020, and our original travel plans for this year have totally disappeared due to the Covid19 epidemic. But slowly a new travel plan has developed, to a destination that has been on our wishlist for quite some time: a visit to The High Coast of Sweden. And on the route back home making stops in the Åre/Vålådalen area and the area around Idre. These are two beautiful mountain areas, mostly known for winter sports, but they are also perfect for hiking during the summer months.

All the photos in the collage below are clickable, so you can view the larger photo.

Carl Larsson Gården in Sundborn

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View from the garden

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Warm welcome by our guide at the start of the tour

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"War välkommen kära du, till Carl Larsson och hans fru!"

Or freely translate: "Be welcome dear you, to Carl Larsson and his wife!" These are the words written above the entrance to Carl and Karin Larsson’s beloved 'Lilla Hyttnäs' house in Sundborn, just outside Falun. And this little line of words gives a hint of the quirkiness and character of the interior of this house.

To be honest, I didn't have any high expectations at all for this visit to Sundborn and Lilla Hyttnäs, home to these two famous Swedish artists. Åke really wanted to go. But myself, not orginally being from Sweden, had no real attachement to these artists and their history. But as soon as I walked through this door it all changed; what an amazing and surprising place! And the story of their lives really touched me deeply.

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Self portrait Carl Larsson

On the left you can see self-portrait of Carl Larsson, one of Sweden’s most well-known and loved artists. Born in 1853 in Stockholm and died in 1919 in Falun. His family was poor and Carl grew up in dismal circumstances. The only glimmer of hope was his strong artistic talent, which emerged early on in his life. He spent several years in Paris where he tried to establish himself as an artist, but in spite of all his hard work he never achieved any success.

The turning point came in 1882 when he moved to the Scandinavian artists’ colony in Grez-zur-Loing outside Paris, and where he changed his style from oil painting to watercolours. And it was also in Grez-zur-Loing where he met his beloved wife and fellow-artist Karin. Carl and Karin were married in 1883 and had eight children. Karin and the children quickly became Carl’s favourite models. The paintings of their home quickly became popular and reached a wide public.

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Karin Larsson

And on the right you can see Karin Larsson, painted by her husband. Born in 1859 in Hallsberg and died in 1928. A fantastic painter in her own right, trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and Paris.

After the birth of Suzanne in 1884 she could not combine the task of taking care of the children and painting at the same time, which in principle made her stop painting. Instead she turned her artistry to decorating the home, especially to weaving and embroidery, but also designed furniture. She became a trendsetting designer long before her time! And even if I may not always like her designs; she was defintely far before her time with her work, and I admire her for that.

In the background of this painting you can see her weaving loom, which you can see in her atelier during your visit in Sundborn.

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Simone & Åke, July 2020, Carl Larsson Gården in Sundborn, Sweden

 


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