The Author Selma Lagerlöf
  • TitleThe Author Selma Lagerlöf
  • Technique/ MaterialChalk and oil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 62 x 47 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 80 x 65 x 11 cm
  • DatingExecuted 1902
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Carl Larsson, Swedish, born 1853-05-28, dead 1919-01-22
  • Depicted PersonSelma Lagerlöf, Swedish, born 1858-11-20, dead 1940-03-16
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NMB 303
  • AcquisitionBequeathed 1907 by the estate of Mr Frithiof Hellberg
  • Collection Carl LarssonQueer: begär, makt och identitetكارل لارسون - الأصدقاء والأعداء سؤال السلطة والهوية
  • Description
    Images and media

    This portrait of Selma Lagerlöf was commissioned by Frithiof Hellberg, editor of Idun. When Lagerlöf, as the first woman, took her seat in the Swedish Academy in 1914, this portrait was printed on its cover. It is one of many friend and author portraits executed in the same style – with black chalk contours and light colouring with a sparing use of oil paint. Selma Lagerlöf and Carl Larsson liked each other – and she supported him following August Strindberg’s attack on him in A New Blue Book in 1908.