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

Grete Jensen – the Funen painters’ unknown potter
June 23 - November 25, 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

GREEN – Christine Swane, the Modernist
May 19 - Sept. 9, 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Welcome to the green world of Christine Swane

Tasting samples from the kitchen garden
Wednesdays on May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29 and September 26
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Concert with Laura Mo
June 14, 8 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Experience Laura Mo at the Johannes Larsen Museum

News

Fresh nesting boxes for Larsen’s birds
26. March 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our faithful volunteer, Mogens Salling, has spent the last few weeks cleaning and repairing all the bird boxes in Larsen’s garden.

The Coffee House will be temporarily closed
6. February 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Coffee House at the Johannes Larsen Museum is closing on Feb.1, 2018 due to rebuilding and expansion.

The Ladby Tapestry will be extended
5. December 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The beautiful Ladby Tapestry will be on display at the museum for another two months.

Read the private letters and diaries of the Funen painters
5. December 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Thousands of private letters to and from the Funen painters and their circle are now available to the public.