This quiet scene of mother and children shelling peas is brought to life by a wonderful sense of afternoon sunlight streaming through an unseen window.
Description: The artist's wife Karin, dressed in a blue-patterned dress and white apron, shells peas with help from two of her children. It appears they have been at this task for some time, as attested by the piles of emty pods on the floor. All three appear to have grown quiet and dozy in the afternoon warmth.
Between the three, an earthenware jug sits atop a green footstool upon which the two children prop their feet. A fat cactus blooms high and proud from its perch atop a high stand in front of the empty fireplace. Behind, on the wall is a mural of wrestlers and in the fireplace corner a t-square is propped, hinting that a carpenter has been about.
This print is intended for matting and framing or may be hung as a poster. The white border makes the mounting and matting process easier if you plan on framing it. If you prefer a bleed poster (no white border), a borderless version is available in my gallery's Art of Carl Larsson Collection.
The default setting here is for the "basic" paper option. Do try out the other paper options and choose the one which suits your taste and budget. The papers with UV protection will give you a longer lasting print, one you can hand down in the family, and I would certainly recommend this option if you plan to hang the print in a sunny location. I would not choose the canvas option myself, as it is not in keeping with this print (the original being watercolour on paper, not oil on canvas).
About the original work of art:
Artist: Carl Larsson
Title: They Shelled Peas
About the artist:Carl Larsson, (b Stockholm, 28 May 1853; d Falun, 22 Jan. 1919) was a Swedish painter, illustrator, printmaker, and writer. His work included numerous portraits and book illustrations, as well as several large murals (the best known are those on Sweden's artistic history in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 1896).
Sweden's most beloved artist, he is now remembered mainly for his watercolors of the idyllic life he enjoyed in his now-famous house in the village of Sundborn with his wife Karin and their eight children. In the words of a contemporary critic, "these are altogether charming -- spirited, vivid, original and full of an indescribable freshness and heartiness."
This artwork was lovingly prepared for print by a professional graphic artist. This is an ultra-high-resolution file and will print beautifully even at the larger sizes. I have carefully corrected the "haze build up" (the smoke, grease and dust which eventually dulls the orignal artwork) in the manner of an art conservationist (but using digital means and state-of-the-art software) while retaining the charming patina of age. I have also carefully removed stains and fly specks here and there and stray marks incurred after it left the artist's hands, but left the artist's original pencil marks and tiny ink dots alone, as they are part of the original charm of the painting.