Carl Larsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1853. He
had a very deprived childhood with his mother having to
support his brother Johan and himself. Fortunately, his
talent was recognised by a teacher, and during his time at
the Art Academy, he became a caricaturist for the humorous
paper Kasper. This led to more work as an
illustrator for journals and books, together with
commissions for large-scale frescos for public buildings,
including the National Museum in Stockholm.
The vast majority of his paintings depict members of his
family, including his wife Karin, whom he married in 1883,
and their seven children. His watercolours are
characterised by a mass of detail executed in a
wonderfully fluid, bright and lively style.
Carl Larsson died on the 22nd of January 1919, just two
days after he finished his autobiography.