Long-lost Larsson to be Auctioned

A long-lost painting by Swedish master Carl Larsson will be auctioned off next week after having been tucked away in a private collection in France for over a century.

The painting ”Bean Harvest” was completed by Larsson, one of Sweden’s best-known painters in 1883, but its whereabouts had been uncertain after it was sold in 1884. The current French owner, who inherited the painting from his father in the 1940s, contacted a Stockholm auction house this spring after a friend informed him that the painting was probably valuable. Anna-Karin Pusic, an art historian with Bukowskis Auction House said, ”He called and wanted to know whether Carl Larsson was famous in Sweden.”

The painting is expected to bring in between US$440,000-US$580,000.