New book from the publishers Stockholmia

By on November 13, 2016

Stockholm City Museum has in its collections Josabeth Sjöbergs (1812-1882) unique depictions of the 1800s Stockholm. In her testament never mentioned that there were drawings and paintings, but these were contained under the heading “rest trifles that have no real value.” Since then has her work both recognized and revalued.

Sjöbergs picture world became famous in the 1930s when the city museum acquired her paintings – all except one. Interest has never cooled down, although water colors sensitivity makes the images difficult to tune out for long periods.

In this long-awaited book, written by Hans Öjmyr, file. PhD in Art History and since 2004 audiences and head of exhibitions at the Stockholm City Museum, published all of her famous paintings in excellent color reproduction along with drawings, photographs and other illustrations.

Her life and the picture world is inserted into an art and cultural historical context and also other puzzle pieces that are in the estate of Josabeth Sjöbergs collection at the City Museum, such as text books of plays and operas listed on the Stockholm theaters, poems, songs and sheet music, into account.

Josabeth Sjöberg lived a fairly simple and secluded life in 1800s Stockholm. As unmarried and without fortune she support herself. She added color by hand sheet of contour printed pictures and gave music lessons in guitar and piano.

She moved often and all her twelve homes were in Södermalm. Sometime in mid-life, she decided to begin to portray their various homes in the pictures. There were many paintings where each residence is depicted with at least one scene. Josabeth itself is always in the interiors and we see her knitting, to play patience, serve coffee or putting up curtains. In addition to living quarters, she painted views sometimes she saw from her windows or household’s communal kitchen. But Josabeth Sjöbergs art not confined to housing, there is also a series of church interiors and scenes from elderly women.

The paintings are incredibly detailed and tells a lot about Josabeth Sjöberg herself, her homes, Stockholm and the times in which she lived. They are honest and does not shy away details like potties, stripping and disease. There is also a good dose of humor.

Josabeth Sjöbergs Stockholm. A unique photo treasure from the 1800s. Book release Sunday, November 20

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