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20th July

This is 'The Kitchen' (c1898) which appeared in Carl Larsson's Ett Hem ('A Home', 1899). The book contains twenty-four watercolours of home and family life at Lilla Hyttnäs, has been reprinted countless times and in many languages, and was largely responsible for Carl's widespread fame. According to the V&A catalogue, for many Swedes, this is one of the most evocative pictures in the series, not just because of the simple, colourful decor, but 'because of its atmosphere of country childhoods, with the summer breeze coming through the window'. The authors say that after the publication of the Ett hem watercolours, the Larssons' vision of summer came to be adopted by the whole of Sweden.

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