Carl Larsson-gården information
Lonely Planet review
Whatever you do, don’t miss Carl Larsson-gården, home of artist Carl Larsson and his wife, Karin, in the picturesque village of Sundborn. After the couple’s deaths, their early-20th-century home was preserved in its entirety by their children, but it’s no gloomy memorial. Lilla Hyttnäs is a work of art, full of brightness, humour and love.
Superb colour schemes and furniture fill the house: Carl’s portraits of his wife and children are everywhere, and Karin’s tapestries and embroidery reveal she was as skilled an artist as her husband. Even today, the modern styles throughout the house (especially the dining room) will inspire interior decorators, and the way the family lived, suffused in art and learning, will inspire practically everyone.
Tours (45 minutes) run hourly; call in advance for the times of English tours (alternatively, borrow an English handbook and follow a Swedish tour).
If you like Larsson’s work, you can see more at the Carl Larssons Porträttsamling , where there are 12 portraits of local worthies. You might also ask at the ticket counter about temporary exhibitions in nearby galleries, which change frequently but are usually interesting.
Bus 64 (Skr36) runs frequently from Falun to Sundborn village (13km).