1_Landscape Spring by Carl_Conrad_Dahlberg

Landscape: SpringCarl Conrad Dahlberg, 1866

Carl Conrad Dahlberg (1805-1870) was Swedish and mainly known as a portrait painter and decorator. This seasonal painting of spring dating from 1866 is one of four in a series that shows the daily life in the Scanian (south Swedish) countryside during the 1860s. Its record of agricultural activity and the variety of tasks being performed makes it a fascinating historical picture.


Attribution: By Carl Conrad Dahlberg (1805 - 1870) – Painter (Swedish) Born in Malmö, Sweden. Dead in Stockholm, Sweden. Details of artist on Google Art Project [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

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Wrap Up Your Painting

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