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Carl Wilhelm Wilhelmson

Swedish (1866 - 1928)

A bright day, St Ives, Cornwall


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Reference : 3465

Medium : Oil on canvas

Signed 'C. Wilhelmson' (Lower left)

20.25 x 27.00 ins
51.44 x 68.58 cms

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Having been raised in a fishing village, most of Wilhelmson’s work deals
with scenes of daily life in Sweden, as well as many landscapes and
seascapes. Between 1910 and 1920 he also painted several scenes from
Lapland, Spain as well as Cornwall. This Cornish scene, probably
painted from atop the stone pier, shows a snapshot of life in St. Ives. On
the lower right men can be seen pushing boats off and pulling them in.
The wharf is dotted with people going about their day-to-day. On the left
two figures sit on the stones near a dog sunning himself. The dominant
colour is a sandy yellow used for the stones of the pier, the buildings as
well as the beach. Lilacs and aqua colours show pockets of the ocean at
low tide. White highlights are used to show the white light of the sun
bouncing off the sea and stones. This quaint scene is a lovely
representation of an iconic location in England as well as a fine example
of the intimate style of the artist.

Carl Wilhelm Wilhelmson was born in the village of Fiskebäcksil in
Sweden in 1866. Wilhelmson began to study painting at 14 in
Gothenburg. Between 1890 and 1897 he studied in schools in Spain,
Leipzig and Paris. After returning to Sweden he became the director of
the Valand Art School. In 1910 he opened his own school in Stockholm
and in 192% began to teach at the Royal academy in Stockholm.

Mrs Wilhelmson.
Anonymous sale; Bukowski, Stockholm, 10 November 1971, lot 186.
A Private Collection from Belgravia

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