– Now it's all the extra!
A dad with unmistakable eastern Greek dialect tries to peep his children up the stairs up to the glass doors leading into the museum. They wonder what's in there.
"Many old paintings and sculptures, the father answers and feels the children in front of him.
The small scene sets some kind of tone for the mission: To find East-Gothic elements in what is to be the entire Swedish art museum.
With the help of Lars-Ove Östensson, art director of the Passagen in Linköping, and a non-named intendent at the museum, I have received a list of 15 of the many East German artists who are represented in the collections. In total, the museum has accumulated over 700,000 works, but only 5,000 appear in the exhibitions right now. Thus, there are many East German art treasures kept hidden in anticipation of their chance of shining in the grand halls with the improved natural light emitted.
The first thing that meets one as you step in through the entrance and look up for the big stairs is Carl Larsson's painting of Gustav Vasa riding in Stockholm on Midsummer's Eve in 1523. The old king has certainly lived in Linköping Castle for a while and is there in a wax version. much more than that he does not have with Östergötland and Östgötsk art to do.
On the other hand, if you hit the stairs and enter the door under the huge painting, you will find the first finds with the eastern provinces: In the 16th century there is a gilded tree lily of the aforementioned Vasa that has hung in Örtomta church and opposite is a drinking can belonged to his grandson Johan, Duke of Östergötland.
Really exciting will be the first in the 19th century, but before reaching there you pass the 17th century hall and there is a small, but interesting, East-East element. In the background of a painting depicting Choi Afock (who is said to be the first Chinese to visit Sweden) is Aurora Taube – who was married to Count Jean Jacques de Geer of Finspång.
Well, in the yellow-painted 19th century, two works are painted by two eastern giant giants. Above Carl Wahlbom's "Gustav II Adolf's Death in the Battle of the Lützen" hangs August Malmström's "Älvalek" donated to the museum by his good friend Karl XV.
Malmström was born at the Nubbekullen village in Västra Ny outside Motala in 1829 and became one of the country's most celebrated artists during his career. "Älvalek" is one of his many paintings with ancient ideas. Another, "Ingeborg receives from Orvar Odd the notification of Hjalmar's death" hangs in the room next door. Somewhere in the giant collections there is also his unfinished study "Bråvalla slag" about the mythical battle outside Norrköping.
A brush throw away from "Älvalek" hangs the Åtvidaberg son Marcus Larson's "Waterfall in Småland" – a 1902 233 centimeter natural resemblance from 1856. It is also the third and last painted painting of an eastern street that can be found at the museum today.
Painted paintings yes, a visitor looking for eastern pearls must not miss Märta Måås-Fjetterström's woven "Enhörningen i skogen" among the 20th century art. Måås-Fjetterström was born in Kimstad in 1873 and grew up in Vadstena before moving further around the country and became one of our leading textile artists. Her tissues can also be seen at the Louvre in Paris.
Outside the stairs is the former Chisabon and Justice Chancellor Göran Lambertz. In addition to what he thought was a painting by Linköping artist Johan Krouthén, he has not noted any Eastern-style productions.
– No, you do not show up in the head. But the museum has got a fantastic lift and the idea to hang in time is good. Then, maybe, I knew that it was a little plotting here and there, the beauty of some works is a little lost, he says before he hurries down to the exit.
The undiscovered works on the eastern treasure map that the unnamed intendent sent with me begins to end. There are, however, a bunch of bowls, vases and jugs made from Reijmyre glassware and the waterfall "Näckroslock" by Mary-Ann Tollin-Verde from Linköping.
At home in Östergötland is much more of her art, ceramics as well as paintings, to be seen at Östergötland Museum and Norrköping Art Museum. Her blue vase with the water lily leaf on top will also be the last eastern find for this time. For those who look carefully, read on and are generous with what is known as "östgötskt", it's safe to find much, much more. And if you're sad about the relatively ripple eastern gas supply in the museum, you can look forward to the fact that the house is built of stone from Borghamn outside Vadstena.