Carl Larsson 1916, at the church in Sundborn
Carl Larsson [1853 – 1919] och Karin Larsson [1859 – 1928]
Probably, it is Carl Larsson’s watercolors from everyday life and party in Sundborn, which is best known by the artist’s extensive production. Through Kulturstråk Sundborn you will be able to visit some of the places where Carl painted his Sundborn motifs. In many cases, the environment is preserved so much that you can still recognize the surroundings about 100 years later. In other cases, it takes some imagination to wipe out additional houses and farms.
Carl and Karin got the property “Lilla Hyttnäs” by Karin’s father Adolf Bergöö [1828 – 1890]. Adolf was born on Övre Krokfors just south of the Sundborn village. It was his sisters Maria and Ulla who lived at Lilla Hyttnäs until 1888, when one sister passed away and the other no longer wanted to live alone. Adolf Bergöö then gave away the farm to Carl and Karin, who was reminded of the French village where they met, Grèz sur Loing, just outside Paris. Here the French river Loing has been replaced by Sundbornsån.
Take a good friend and wander around the village and move to another time when it was agriculture that was the basis of Sundbornsborna’s livelihood. Be sure to visit the Sundborn Church, the Portrait collection, Stora Hyttnäs, Konsthallen Kvarnen and of course the home of Carl and Karin Larsson.