Kongero Swedish Folk’appella

Carl Johan Forsberg (Stockholm 1867 – Sønderho 1938), Pax, Painted in 1905, Watercolour and gouache, heightened with white and gum Arabic, laid down on board, Signed and dated CJFORSBERG . MCMV in green ink at the lower right. 524 x 724 mm. (20 5/8 x 28 1/2 in.) at greatest dimensions, Image Source: Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, Painting recently acquired by THE MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS.

“As the artist noted, this large watercolour was inspired by a sketch made on a journey to the Swiss Alps in 1903, and in particular a visit to the upper Rhône valley in the canton of Valais. At the headwaters of the great river, Forsberg was struck by the majestic form of the Rhône Glacier. As he later wrote, ‘It was the first time I found myself in front of a glacier, alone in the infinite silence and solitude of the snow mountain, surrounded by the overwhelming majesty of nature; my soul was filled with reverence for the divine powers of nature, and it was under these poignant impressions that I composed the sketch for PAX…in front of my eye spread the rim of the white glacier, from which the river gets its first nourishment, meandering slowly down into the valley, and at my foot the dark, black-blue surface of the ‘Totensee’. It gave me the first idea for my work…a composition that would become the ‘Capo lavoro’ of my life.’

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

“An exhibition at the Valand Academy in Gothenburg in 1920, however, elicited a review entitled ‘En lyriker I akvarel’ (‘A Poet with Watercolours’), which remarked that ‘Any artist who wants and dares to be himself merits our interest and respect. How much greater is not our confidence in the seriousness and devotion of an artist who listens only to the music of his own soul, creating on the basis of his own inner imperatives without concerning himself with matters such as the art professor’s most recent hobby or the random vagaries of the art market.’

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Swedish Folk’appella, Anna Wikenius – vocals, Lotta Andersson – vocals, Sofia Hultqvist Kott- vocals, Emma Björling – vocals

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~Sunnyside

15 Comments Add yours

  1. shoreacres says:

    Looking at this painting, I was reminded of the Canadian Group of Seven. Without context, I would have guessed that one of those artists produced this landscape.

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    1. What a great link – thank you, Linda! 🙂                

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  2. Such a pretty and fresh palette. 🙂 I like it a lot!

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    1. I love the color palette, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts this morning, Sheila. 🙂

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  3. Timelesslady says:

    Intriguing painting, I love the colors and the patterns. I also listened to the music and subscribed to their YouTube channel. Thanks.

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    1. My pleasure! I’m so happy you enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Timelesslady. 🙂

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  4. Tamara Kulish from https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

    I agree with @Shoreacres about the style looking like the Group of Seven. It is also reminiscent of Emily Carr’s work.

    ‘Any artist who wants and dares to be himself merits our interest and respect. How much greater is not our confidence in the seriousness and devotion of an artist who listens only to the music of his own soul, creating on the basis of his own inner imperatives without concerning himself with matters such as the art professor’s most recent hobby or the random vagaries of the art market.’

    This resonated with me. As an artist I felt I could never select the subject matter or the style that pleased people, so I decided to just do my own thing. I’m so much happier being able to follow my own muse.

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    1. I agree completely! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tamara. 😎

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      1. Tamara Kulish from https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

        My pleasure! Hope your day is wonderful!

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  5. cindy knoke says:

    Thank you for sharing such beauty. Wishing you ✨ Health & Happiness in The New Year!

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    1. My pleasure, Cindy. And best wishes in the New Year to you! 🙂

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  6. Beautiful colour and sense of design in this work.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂

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