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The Home Spirit

 

Originating in Britain, the Arts and Crafts movement had a definite impact on ideas about art in Europe, and its leading figures, John Ruskin and William Morris, were well known in the Nordic countries. Morris demanded “simple and beautiful dwellings for cultivated, well-mannered men and women.” The ideal was aesthetically balanced homes where arts and crafts were appreciated; homes that would satisfy the needs and lifestyle of their occupants.

In the Nordic countries, this ideal was championed by Ellen Key, a suffragist whom Venny Soldan-Brofeldt knew personally. As an example of a home that met the new ideals Key cited Lilla Hyttnäs, home of the Swedish artist Carl Larsson and his wife Karin, in Sundborn. Maija Halonen translated Key’s book on aesthetic and personal dwellings, Beauty in Homes, and books of watercolours depicting the home of the Larssons were much read in the Tuusula artist homes.