Swedish artist Carl Larsson holds a special place in our hearts, not only because his watercolors are exquisite, but also because we visited his home with our grandfather during our travels to see his homeland with him. The artist's home--largely left in exactly the same way in which Carl and his family lived--is now a museum that is open to the public. Since it is so close to Falun, Sweden, where our grandfather grew up, we got to know the land well and were lucky enough to see many of the scenes and landscapes that found their way into his paintings. Larsson's wife Karin and their eight children served as inspiration for these paintings, which capture the simple, colorful life of a family in early 20th Century rural Sweden. He treats his subjects with such love and affection that it's easy to connect with them yourselves. Carl and Karin also shared a great passion and talent for design, which comes through in the patterns of the clothing and interior spaces.
Larsson is one of Sweden's greatest treasures (along with our Opa, of course :)
Learn more about Larsson and the home that serves as a museum in Sweden here.