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Sister Anna

Carl Fredrik Hill1877

Nationalmuseum Sweden

Nationalmuseum Sweden

In 1877 Hill was again refused by the Salon. He spent part of the spring at Bois-le-Roi, where he painted the fruit trees in bloom. He also produced a number of paintings after the manner of Claude Lorrain, on themes of classical tranquility, entitled “The Tree and the River”. These were followed in the autumn of 1877, by a number of works of a literary, symbolic nature, such as the painting “Sister Anna”. Hill’s working pace grew steadily more hectic that autumn, partly with the 1878 Exposition Universelle in mind; but of the eighteen works he submitted, only one was accepted.

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  • Title: Sister Anna
  • Creator: Carl Fredrik Hill
  • Date Created: 1877
  • Title in Swedish: Syster Anna
  • Signature: C.F. Hill
  • Physical Dimensions: w650 x h1030 cm (without frame)
  • Artist Information: Hill was a Swedish landscape painter. After a short period at the Academy of fine Arts in Stockholm, Hill went to Paris where he worked on his own there until 1878. The paintings from his early years in France have a gloomy palette, with asphalt as a basic ingredient. Although the works he exhibited at the Paris salon of 1875 were a great success, he abandoned the use of asphalt for bolder experiments in color. It was during this period that his well-know views of the Seine and studies of fruit trees in blossom were painted. In Luc-sur-Mer in Normandy, where he spent the late summer of 1876, he depicted steep cliffs and beaches at low tide, and the following year he painted monumental studies of the quarries by the Oise River. He does not appear to have had any decisive contacts with the French impressionists of the day, however. At this juncture, Hill was afflicted by mental illness and admitted to a clinic in France for treatment, from where he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in his native city of Lund in southern Sweden. In spring 1883 he moved back to his family home in Lund, where he lived together with his mother and his sister Hedda. There he worked with great intensity: he could for example fill large sheets of paper with compositions in ink and gold and silver paint, although for the most part he used crayons and black chalk.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Nationalmuseum, Nationalmuseum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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