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"Carl Fredrik Hill"
1999-10-01 until 2000-01-16
A large and comprehensive exhibition will honour the Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik
Hill (1849-1911), on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The exhibition builds on
Nationalmuseum's own rich collection of Hill's paintings and drawings, augmented in
recent years by several important new acquisitions. Also included are works
borrowed from other museums and private owners.
The exhibition traces Carl Fredrik Hill's artistic development, from his earliest works,
created in Lund in the 1860s, to the expressive drawings from his illness period at the
end of his career. Common characteristics and differences from the artist's healthy
and sickness periods are accentuated and illuminated in an exhibition that also
focuses on Hill's creative period as a painter of landscapes in France, between 1873
and 1878 - a period that ended in mental breakdown, from which Hill never
recovered, and which lasted until his death, more than 30 years later. He continued
working throughout this time, and a new, often hard to define visual world became
his medium of expression. The motifs for Hill's drawings in this period came from
imagination and memory as well as from older art and illustrations. His unique and
fascinating paintings on golden backgrounds date from the same time.