Inventory Number WCE001

Size 39h x 39w in

Material Oil on Canvas

Country of Origin Sweden

Year Made 1928

Carl E. Wallin was best known for his oil paintings drawing upon the iconography of the Symbolism movement. He occasionally drew upon biblical and mythological themes and episodes as main subjects for his compositions. This oil on canvas uses Christmas as its central theme, embodied through a crowned female figure holding a sparkling stick. The use of cool colors is meant to evoke the coldness of winter. The unusual, octagonal shape of the canvas and the use of Symbolist aesthetic testify to the influence of the decorative arts on Wallin.

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