Saturday, May 2, 2015
Controversial Carl Larsson painting on Åland SEPAC stamp 10.4.2015
The painting in the stamp, however, is a parallel work of art which is in the possession of Åland businessman Anders Wiklöf.
is now on display in the hall of the central staircase in Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm, but the road there was not uncomplicated. From first sketch to final version of the painting, Larsson had to fight the conservative establishment as well as his own more left-wing artist friends. The critics considered the painting to be unpalatable, historically incorrect and, finally, even outmoded. It was ultimately rejected by the National museum in 1916 and has changed owners several times. Since 1992, the painting hangs in National-museum as originally intended, obtained from a Japanese private collection.