'Three Kings on Horseback'
'Three Kings on Horseback'
'Three Kings on Horseback'
'Three Kings on Horseback'
'Three Kings on Horseback'

'Three Kings on Horseback'

c. 1806 Swedish

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Traditional Swedish "Bonad" or "Kurbitz" Painting
Oils on Distemper Primed Homespun Linen Canvas
Dated 'Anno 1806'
A wonderful large scale Swedish Wall Painting, depicting the Three Kings or Wise Men on Horseback, this curiously contemporary feeling work is dated '1806' and retains excellent fresh colours. The stylized graphic lines pay no respect for an understanding of perspective, yet create a work of great charm and sensitivity. Works of this type were generally kept in storage and brought out to decorate communal village halls and meeting places on festive occasions. Invariably they are narrative and depict Biblical or Folkloric stories, as in this instance.
This bold primitive example shows the horses in similar prancing stance, individually coloured and patterned and with the Wise Men dressed in contemporary Swedish Costume, as was customary. The paintings brought light, life and colour to the invariably smoke darkened wooden cabins and are an important part of the Scandinavian Folk Art school. Now housed in a bespoke hand made and ebonized framed with a gilt slip and museum mounted on acid free board.
External Height 23.00 inch (58.42 cm)
External Width 69.00 inch (175.26 cm)
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