Spring in Halland. Three Paintings in a Frame Sculpted by the Artist

Nils Kreuger1894

Nationalmuseum Sweden

Nationalmuseum Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden

Nils Kreuger, Karl Nordström and Richard Bergh formed the Varberg school in the 1890s, which represented a new style of landscape painting. This painting shows spring farming in the characteristic Halland countryside. Stylistically, it resembles works by artists such as Gauguin and van Gogh, for instance in the sharp contours of the newly ploughed furrows. The frame was also sculpted by the artist.


  • Title: Spring in Halland. Three Paintings in a Frame Sculpted by the Artist
  • Creator: Nils Kreuger
  • Creator Lifespan: 1858/1930
  • Creator Nationality: Swedish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1894
  • Title in Swedish: Vår i Halland. Tre landskap i en ram, skulpterad av konstnären
  • Signature: N. KREUGER 1894.
  • Physical Dimensions: w1590 x h770 x d50 cm (with frame)
  • Artist Information: Kreuger was a Swedish landscape artist. After studying in Stockholm, he went to Paris in 1881, where he was influenced by French plein air painting. He recorded urban scenes and landscapes from the surrounding countryside – often at dawn or dusk and in haze, rain or snow. In 1887 he returned to Sweden, settling in Varberg on the west coast, where from the 1890s he painted together with the artist Richard Bergh and Karl Nordström, forming the so called Varberg school. Kreuger often depicts the alley and gardens of Varberg, but above all the landscape out of town, often including grazing cattle in his paintings. In 1896 he moved to Stockholm, but he spent his summers on the island Öland off the east coast, where cows and horses grazing on the characteristic heaths and broad, flat shores became his principal subjects. Kreuger also produced monumental paintings and illustrations, as well as designs for inlaid work for furniture.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Nationalmuseum, Nationalmuseum
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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