Sitting under the Arbour
  • TitleSitting under the Arbour
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 100 x 81 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 126 x 107 x 8 cm
  • DatingSign. c. 1880
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Hugo Birger, Swedish, born 1854-01-12, dead 1887-06-17
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2025
  • AcquisitionDonated 1917 by Nationalmusei Vänner with funds from whole-sale dealer John Collijn and bank directo
  • Description
    Images and media

    Hugo Birger’s women in bustles are emblematic of the sophisticated world that awaited the Swedish artists in Paris in the 1880s. In Sweden, bourgeois respectability demanded that dresses have long sleeves, preferably black, while the women in Paris wore bright satin dresses adorned with trails, frills, lace and flounces. Dainty bergère hats with bows and satin shoes completed their stylish creations inspired by 18th century fashions.