Brita at the piano | Carl Larsson |1908

Brita at the piano | Carl Larsson | 1908

Brita at the piano | Carl Larsson | 1908

The Swedish Larsson travels to Paris at the end of the 19th Century but, instead joining to the progressive impressionist movement, he keeps his own style, closer to the movement Arts and Crafts of northern Europe, which advocated for a folk and romantic style of decoration.

When he moves to Grez-sur-Loing, a colony of Scandinavians outside Paris, he abandons oil and devotes himself to watercolor. He gets married and has 8 children, who are going to be the main characters of most of his paintings.

In Brita at the piano, we can see his 15 year old daughter playing the instrument. Despite the title, Brita’s presence is barely perceptible, as we can only see the top of her head behind the music stand. The green of the fabric that covers the piano takes up most of the composition and it is definetly the main character of the work. The colors in the canvas, although they are not extremely bright, are pure and vibrant. The different materials we see in the painting (such us wood, ceramics and fabric) work, but deficiently: if we look at the floor, we will notice that the shadow from the piano is impossibly clear; and make us feel like it is a smooth floor, perfectly polished and immaculate like marble, something odd for a house in the beginning of the 20th century.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on April 12, 2011.

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