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PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN

Carl Larsson
Swedish, 1853-1919
BLOMMANDE KAKTUS (FLOWERING CACTUS) (RECTO); STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A KING (VERSO)
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PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN

Carl Larsson
Swedish, 1853-1919
BLOMMANDE KAKTUS (FLOWERING CACTUS) (RECTO); STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A KING (VERSO)
Estimate
18,00025,000
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings, including German, Austrian, Hungarian & Slavic Paintings, The Orientalist Sale, and The Scandinavian Sale

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Carl Larsson
Swedish, 1853-1919
BLOMMANDE KAKTUS (FLOWERING CACTUS) (RECTO); STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A KING (VERSO)
signed and dated C.L. / 1906 l.r. (recto)
pastel on paper
49 by 55cm., 19 1/4 by 21 3/4 in.
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Provenance

Sale: Bukowski's Stockholm, 4-7 November 1986, lot 294
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Lush vegetation, flamboyant floral displays or a simple still life captures the very essence of what was fresh and topical at Larsson's home at Lilla Hyttnäs in Sundborn. Painted on walls and furniture, climbing up the outside of the house, or cut and displayed in a vase either in the bedroom or as a centre piece for a table as in the present example, these colourful and natural forms perfectly evoke the optimistic spirit of Larsson's design for living at his country retreat. 

Both Carl and Karin Larsson were keen gardeners, cherishing their plants with much the same care and attention to detail that they reserved for their home at Sundborn. The cactus depicted in the present work for example, would appear to be the same thriving plant that he included in several  watercolours that he executed of the interior of Lilla Hyttnäs two years earlier. Indeed, it is not unreasonble to assume that it is the very same ruddy flowered plant that in 1909 reappears as the centrepiece of Larsson's Karin and Brita with Cactus (fig. 1). The sketch on the reverse of the present work depicting the head of a man wearing a crown may well be a self-portrait.

19th Century European Paintings, including German, Austrian, Hungarian & Slavic Paintings, The Orientalist Sale, and The Scandinavian Sale

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