Visiting Carl Larsson

Marcia Strykowski

Larsson_-_Self_PortraitCarl Larsson (May 28, 1853 — Jan. 19, 1919) was born very poor in Stockholm, Sweden. Between attending the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts and later meeting his wife, Karin, a fellow artist, his life turned around. In 1888 they received a house from Karin’s father. They completely renovated their new home according to their unique artistic tastes and raised eight children there. Still today, tourists flock to Sundborn to visit this historic site.
Above is one of Carl’s self portraits and below shows Karin and two of their children in her kitchen.LARSSON Till_en_liten_vira_(Carl_Larsson)LARSSON Söndagsvila

cottage frontKarin’s designs throughout their home are shown in many of Carl’s paintings. They created a newly recognized Swedish folk style that replaced the current style of heavy, dark furnishings.
Several summers ago my family and I were able to stay in a secluded oceanfront cottage located on the coast of Maine, and inspired by Carl and Karin Larsson’s home. Vibrant…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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