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

Owls in the garden
Sunday, May 28, 11 AM-3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We will celebrate Day of the Birds at the Johannes Larsen Museum with a visit from the Owlery.

Family workshop: Draw and paint your favorite animal
Sunday, May 28, 11 AM-3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Is it longhaired, shorthaired? Does it have feathers or fur?

St. Hans Eve /Summer Solstice on Mill Hill (Møllebakken)
Friday, June 23, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Enjoy the solstice in Larsen’s garden with art, a picnic, campfire, singing and music.

Open House at the Johannes Larsen Museum
Sunday, July 23 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We will serve champagne and cherry marzipan ring cake!

News

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.

Sybergland seen from Villa Wheel-legs
20. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Municipality of Kerteminde has gotten inspired by painter Fritz Syberg’s little house on wheels, Villa Wheel-legs, for use at the new recreational nature preserve, Sybergland.

Birthday present from the Albani Foundation
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

A major contribution from the Albani Foundation will assure that the 150th anniversary of Johannes Larsen’s birth will be fittingly celebrated.

A new work from PAX acquired by the museum
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

A fine little pen-and-ink drawing from 1955 gives new insight into where the PAX-collection at the Johannes Larsen Museum comes from.