Carl Larsson (1853-1919) was born in Gamla stan, the old quarter of Stockholm. His family was very poor and Carl grew up in dismal circumstances. The only glimmer of hope was his strong artistic talent, which emerged early on in his life. When he was thirteen years old his teacher at the school for the poor persuaded him to apply for a place at Principskolan, the preparatory department of the Art Academy.
After leaving the Art Academy Carl worked at illustrating books, magazines and daily newspapers. He later spent several years in Paris, and in 1882 moved to Grez, a Scandinavian artists’ colony outside the city. It was here that he met his future wife Karin Bergöö and underwent an artistic transformation, abandoning oil painting in favour of watercolours. It was in Grez that he painted some of his most significant pictures.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-1282: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)