Carl Olof Larsson (1853-1919) was a Swedish painter known for his affiliation with the Arts and Crafts movement. He showcased his artistic talents through various mediums such as oils, watercolors, and frescoes. Larsson gained particular recognition for his watercolor depictions of serene family life. One of his most esteemed works is "Midvinterblot" (Midwinter Sacrifice), a large painting displayed at the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts.
Born in Stockholm in 1853, Larsson experienced a challenging childhood due to his family's poverty. However, at the age of thirteen, a teacher encouraged him to apply to the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, where he eventually gained confidence and excelled. Larsson worked as an illustrator for publications and moved to Paris in 1877, though he did not embrace the progressive Impressionist movement there. In 1882, he settled in Grez-sur-Loing with fellow Swedish artists, and it was there that he met his future wife, Karin Bergöö, who became an essential figure in his life and work. Larsson's family, including their eight children, often served as subjects for his paintings, with Karin also contributing to the interior design.
The Larsson family received a small house called Little Hyttnäs as a gift, which they transformed into a remarkable showcase of their artistic taste and a prominent example of Swedish interior design. In his later years, Larsson battled depression and health issues but continued to create remarkable artworks. Despite facing initial rejection, his monumental fresco, "Midvinterblot," was eventually accepted and displayed in the National Museum.
Carl Larsson's contributions to the art world, particularly his depictions of idyllic family life and his impact on interior design, have solidified his legacy as a prominent Swedish artist.