Alhed’s Apple Blossoms fetched from Sweden

29. March 2017 |

At the moment, works for the exhibition “The Garden by the Sea” are being gathered together. Alhed Larsen’s lovely painting of apple blossoms from 1903 has been picked up at the Larsen family farm, Båxhult, in Sweden.

“First you cross the Halland Ridge to Halmstad, then take the Nissan path along the Nissan River towards Jönköbing until you’re a little ways past Hyltebruk. Then you take a right towards Låndgaryd, go through the village and continue on gravel roads out into the woods and to the left.” (Directions from Johannes Larsen’s son Lysse, from the book "The Funen Painters in Småland", 2006, page 11).

A small delegation from the museum followed just about the same route when we visited Båxhult to pick up a painting for the upcoming exhibition, Garden by the Sea.

A family farm in Småland

The wooded farm, Båxhult, lies deep in the fir forests of Småland, Sweden. The old house lies in a hilly, grey-speckled landscape, dotted with rock outcroppings between moss, grass and heather. One of Johannes Larsen’s grandchildren lives in the house; Båxhult has basically been owned by the Larsen family since Johannes Larsen’s father, the ship owner, bought the place in the 1870’s.

The farm was a favorite destination for the Funen painters from 1890 until 1905. Their close friend Fritz Syberg painted Johannes Larsen and his wife Alhed as a newly minted family in 1899. The farm remained a favorite escape for the Larsen family, with the house and its surroundings, animal life and the forest as unfailingly popular motifs in the production of paintings by family members.

Motifs from Sweden

The spring of 1927 was especially productive for Alhed, in spite of her illness. She painted some of her best pictures during this period, including “Beech leaves in the window” and “The Driveway at Båxhult”. Later that year, after Alhed’s death in August, Johannes Larsen painted his dog by the fireplace at Båxhult.

That was long ago now, but Båxhult still looks the same. The farm dog greeted us on the broad stone steps and even followed us a bit of the way when we left at the end of the afternoon.

Calendar

Threads in the Nature
March 9 - June 2, 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

Inge Bjørn, Anne Marie Egemose, Annette Holdensen and Randi N. Lium show their textile art.

Anniversary concert
Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 17-19
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Association of Nordic Countries is 100 years old, and the local chapter is 75 years old!

Build windmills in the Easter break
April 15 to 17 from 11-15
Johannes Larsen Museum

A workshop activity where children can make their own windmills

The Lost Time: Cultural Ramblings
June 8 - September 22, 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

Major anniversary exhibition in connection with Peter Brandes’ 75th birthday.

News

Enrichment of the Larsen Collection
5. March 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

A new sketch of a stone marten was donated to the Museum.

New leader: “It’s a privilege”
5. March 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

New head of department at the Johannes Larsen Museum

What would we do without you
3. December 2018
Johannes Larsen Museet

We are so fortunate to have many volunteers connected to the museum, who help us with many things.

Piggy bank for the history of snaps
26. October 2018
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Snaps Pig has just been published in a handsome new edition with a foreword by Johannes Larsen’s grandson, who carries on the traditions and recipes for spiced aquavit from his grandfather.