Visiting Sweden in November can be quite a uinque experience. Days are very short, slow and silent. It gets dark some time around 3.30 pm and you hardly see the sun at all. At that time of the year people are living in a constant twilight-zone. Life mostly takes place indoors and it is easy to get the blues. If you go out exploring, you won’t meet many fellow explorers, so there’s actually a good chance to get to know more of them.
On this special day on a trip to Sundborn, the Carl Larsson House and Gardens seemed quite abandoned. We only met ONE person there but the house itself is a real treasure anyway. Even at that time of the year you could see how fantastic the garden must be in summer.
And who is this Carl Larsson? Well, he was a Swedish painter born on May 28, 1853 and he was a famous representative of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Larsson and his wife Karin were given this house called Little Hyttnäs, by his wife’s father Adolf Bergöö in 1888. They decorated and furnished the rooms according to their particular artistic taste. Today it is a fantastic museum.
Larsson’s most famous and most debated work is Midvinterblot (Midwinter Sacrifice), now displayed in the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts – though at the time he painted it, the museum board actually rejected the picture. Well, it’s their bad, really: Decades later, they had to purchase Midvinterblot from a Japanese collector, – price unknown to the public. As nowadays a medium sized Carl Larsson easily goes for 500,000 Pounds at Sotheby’s, you might take a guess of what a 6×4 meter painting might be worth.