The family around the lamp

19. January 2015 | Johannes Larsen Museum

The museum has purchased an intimate and loving portrait of Johannes Larsen’s family from the hand of the great artist himself. The drawing “Family around the lamp” is from 1888 and until now has been owned by a family member. 

In the drawing, Johannes Larsen’s mother, Wilhelmine and his sister, Marie can be seen sitting with their needlework. His father, I.A.Larsen, is reading some papers and his little brother, Adolf, knicknamed “Agrarian” looks on. The scene is typical of the time: a family sitting close together in the evening around the lamp, to save on expensive kerosene, while darkness falls beyond its glow. The drawing thus depicts a rather ordinary everyday situation of that time, while it also gives a close look into the Larsens’ family life. With the three adults deeply concentrating on their tasks, the viewer has the feeling of having “walked right into the sitting room” without anyone noticing. In this way we can experience their close-knit and private family life - through the artist’s eyes.

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