Untitled (Oriental interior)

Carl Fredrik Hill1883 - 1911

Malmö Konstmuseum

Malmö Konstmuseum
Malmö, Sweden

After a severe psychotic attack in Paris 1878 the artist Carl Fredrik Hill was hospitalized at the age of 28, his career as a landscape painter came to an untimely end. Cared for by his mother and sister, Hill spent the years from 1883 until his death in 1911 in his native town Lund in Sweden. His manifold and impressive drawings, for which he has become famous, date from that time. Hill has been regarded as a major voice of inner emigration in the context of the art of mentally disordered persons and outsiders. He was diagnosed a schizophrenic. Displaying more subtlety, today’s approaches see his work rooted between aesthetic self-determination and state-bound art. The exciting, wild world of his drawings contrasts sharply with his outwardly almost eventless life. Hill’s understanding of himself oscillated between self-tormenting, guilt-ridden doubts and brilliant exuberance. A group of drawings during his period of illness is referred to as "oriental". To this group can also be counted this gold and silver painting. Hill was deeply fascinated by gold as a phenomenon.


  • Title: Untitled (Oriental interior)
  • Creator Lifespan: 1849 - 1911
  • Creator Nationality: Swedish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Lund, Sweden
  • Creator Birth Place: Lund, Sweden
  • Date Created: 1883 - 1911
  • Location Created: Lund, Sweden
  • Signatures: No signature
  • Provenance: Gift from the Friends of Malmö Art Museum 1960
  • Physical Dimensions: w74.5 x h61 cm (Complete)
  • Painter: Carl Fredrik Hill
  • Exhibition History: 2011-2012: Carl Fredrik Hill - Maximus Pictor; Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm and Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Malmö Art Museum, Malmö Art Museum
  • Medium: Gold and silverpaint on cardboard

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