Monday, January 28, 2008

Ode to a Master

Carl Larsson has long been a favorite artist of mine. The colors are just amazing, but I also had a coloring book as a child, obviously in black and white, and it was fascinating. So what is it? The glimpse into his world? The incredibly wonderful detail in each piece? I don't know. I love it all.

Flower Window

Carpenter Hellberg's Children

And if you like those, check out this one - what would you do for those shoes? (slipper?) And the headscarf! And the apron! Those colors! And check out this pinafore! When I have children, I have a strong premonition that Carl Larsson will be highly referenced...

And bedrooms. For years, a certain amazing cupboard bed (of which I cannot find a photo - I just spent a good half hour searching people - where can it be?) was my idea of the absolutely perfect place to dream, but I just saw this one and I have to say, those curtains...? embroidered canopy? Built in benches? (having fun with the links? oh dear!)

I think I figured it out. The reason I love Carl Larsson so much is that his paintings are so inviting. I feel that I could just move in. And I have a feeling that I would not regret it.

It seems that more and more, the art I love somehow relates to how I want to live. As I grow older, I begin to think more about why it is that certain artwork speaks to me. Pieces that I have loved for years, I begin to look at again and more closely, trying to discern what these preferences tell me - about the choices I make in my own artwork, my surroundings, and other, unexpected, aspects of my life.

Carl Larsson's world is something for which I will continue to strive.

Images from Scandinavian Treasures

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At January 31, 2008 at 5:29 AM , Blogger Laume said...

My mom loved Carl Larrson and so I knew of his art work long before... back when.... a long time ago. Geeze, being old just keeps popping up in the conversation. LOL. But yes, there's something both soothingly simple and yet lovingly detailed at the same time about his images. If that makes any sense.

At February 8, 2008 at 3:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's my favorite! Love this post!

At August 25, 2010 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Donna Reilly said...

I would love to show you my little felt people. Are you there?


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