The swirling brushstrokes and telescopic perspective in this view of a field near Stockholm, Sweden, converge on the dark mass of trees and dying sunset in the center. Feelings of melancholy and loneliness are relieved only by the appearance of the first evening star. Although little known in the United States, Eugène Janssen was one of the most important artists of Scandinavian modernism. He became aware of the works of the Norwegian Symbolist Edvard Munch as early as 1884 and shared Munch’s ambition of exploring psychological states of mind rather than adhering to external appearances.

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  • Title: Evening Mood-Lidingö
  • Creator: Eugène Jansson (Swedish, 1862-1915)
  • Date Created: 1900
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 94 x 172.4 x 5.1 cm (37 x 67 7/8 x 2 in.); Unframed: 90.1 x 168.6 cm (35 1/2 x 66 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Richard Bergh [1858-1919], Stockholm, Sweden friend of the artist, Adrian Bergh, son of Richard Bergh, Stockhom, Sweden, The Bergh Family Collection, Stockholm, Sweden until the 1980s, (Claes Moser, Stockholm, Sweden, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2005.4
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: Unsigned; inscribed on the stretcher in blue ink, "A. Jansson' (the artist's brother) and "HERR R. BERGH, 40 BAS 4 TR OG JANSSON'. Inscribed on the stretcher in red ink "G.J.'
  • Fun Fact: Jansson, known as the "Blue Painter," was called "Paraffin Jansson" by other artists because the light in his paintings reminded them of the light from the paraffin (kerosene) lamps widely used in houses at the time.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Sweden, 20th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 2005.4

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