Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Carl Wilhelmson

On Rocks at Fiskebackskil
oil on canvas
126 × 151 cm
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden

Carl Wilhelmson (1866-1928) was one of the Swedish national painters, born in Fiskebackskil, Gothenburg county, Sweden. After elementary school he became an apprentice at the lithographic firm, during which time he took evening classes at the Society for Industrial school. At age 14, he began to study painting in Gothenburg. This was followed by studies at the Gothenburg Museum Drawing and Painting School. After studying abroad in Spain, Leipzig and Paris, where he worked as a lithographer, in 1897 he got the post of superintendent of his old school, Gothenburg Museum Drawing and Painting School of Fine Arts. In 1912 he founded a private art school in Stockholm. He became honorary Doctor of Theology at Uppsala University 1915.

In his production are mainly genre paintings, often with marine motifs. His painting was characterized by a thinly applied paint on patches visible canvas. He also performed depictions of Uppland and the Lapland countryside and a number of portraits.