New artwork by Syberg in the museum’s collection
26. September 2017 | The Johannes Larsen Museum
The museum has just received a group of paintings on unlimited loan. This painting by Fritz Syberg (click on it to see it in full size). It’s called “By the Cradle” and was painted in 1893-4. The painting shows and old man rocking a child in a cradle. The place is the Birkelund farm in Svanninge, near Faaborg in southern Funen.
Syberg experimented throughout his life with different ways of expressing himself through painting. In the period around 1890, Syberg painted a series of works with socialist realism as their theme. We are allowed into the homes of completely ordinary people, and like a fly on the wall, Syberg shows us with sober objectivity some everyday situations that often touch our hearts.
Take note of Syberg’s work with colours and light. The whitewashed walls take on a blue-purple tint that is brought to life by the golden glow of the fireplace. Cold and warm colours meet and give the picture life. Daylight coming through the open door to the kitchen, behind the man, shows pale and cool on the stone floor in the sitting room. The plate rack in the kitchen with its many details, stands in contrast to the simple wood panelling behind the man.
The picture was painted during a time when family and children filled most in Syberg’s life.
The painting can be seen at the museum starting Friday, August 4.
Fritz Syberg: By the cradle, 1893-94. Oil on canvas, 66 x 80 cm. Privately owned, on loan at the Johannes Larsen Museum. Photo: CKM