Model is Writing a Picture Postcard (1906), detail. Carl Larsson (1853–1919). Watercolor. Thiel Gallery. Stockholm.
“…it would be enough reward if only men, through my art, understood how beautiful a flower on the side of a path is; how charming are the plaits around a young girl’s small round neck, and the touch of the sun on a little nose; how splendid the nude figure of a woman is…but one must produce these images in the best possible way, with joy and enthusiasm, with hard work and pain, and the final result must be a victory, not giving the impression of confusion or fatigue, but illuminating the onlooker in a liberating way…” — Larsson, 1911, magazine Kunst