Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Fürstenberg art collection in Gothenburg

The first room in the Fürstenberg Gallery contains this large painting, "Scandinavian Artists' Lunch at Café Ledoyen" by Hugo Birger (1886)

The Gothenburg Museum of Art's  Fürstenberg Gallery contains an oustanding collection of Nordic art from the decades around the turn of the century. The collection was in 1902 donated to the city of Gothenburg by  the businessman and patron Pontus Fürstenberg and his wife Göthilda.

Pontus and Göthilda Fürstenberg. Etching by Anders Zorn.

In the 1920s the Fürstenberg collections was given a prominent place in the new museum building. The new Fürstenberg Gallery was pretty much a copy of the original gallery in the Fürstenberg palace. 

The Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt's "On the Sea" (1882) is another favorite in the Fürstenberg collection. 

"La Feria - the breakfast in Granada" (1883) by Hugo Birger  in the Fürstenberg Gallery

In 1885 Carl Larsson painted this watercolor of the interior of the  original  Fürstenberg Gallery. Pontus Fürstenberg is sitting in the foreground studying a graphic work, while Ernst Josephson is painting the portrait of Göthilda Fürstenberg in the background.

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