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Julfirandets ideologi och genus i svensk bildkonst från sekelskiftet 1900: Elsa Beskow, Carl Larsson och Jenny Nyström
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2013 (Swedish)In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, no 4, 213-228 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On gender and the ideology of the celebration of Christmas in Swedish art turn of the century 1900: Elsa Beskow, Carl Larsson and Jenny Nyström

Contemporary art is not depicting the Christmas celebration in the same way as during the turn of the century 1900. In Sweden artists as Elsa Beskow, Carl Larsson and Jenny Nyström made illustrations of Christmas that also became part of the celebration itself, through then new media such as Christmas cards and illustrated magazines. It was a modern, urban, middle-class audience that consumed the images, but the motifs were looking back to a rural past. Christmas turned both patriarchal in connecting the family father with Christmas presents, foods and material richness. It also turned nationalistic when a Swedish version of the Santa Clause was invented from the traditional ”tomte” (gnome) who originally was guarding and working at the farms. Especially in the work of Nyström the images of Christmas celebrations was both connected to a presumed historical past as well as a modern future. References to pagan past, present Christianity and modern lifestyles collaborates in making a typically Swedish Christmas. Even more interesting, these century-old images are still part of Swedish Christmas celebrations. In a time when family constellations are changing and Sweden is turning more multicultural, we hold on to a traditional ideal of how to make a perfect family Christmas. There is a timeless quality in Christmas celebrations and a sense of a global community when we imagine that everybody else in the nation or globally are doing the exact same thing as we do right now. There are few things experienced more normal and working normative than families and home life.

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Föreningen för svensk kulturhistoria i samarbete med Nordiska museet och Institutionen för Kulturvetenskaper, Lunds universitet , 2013. no 4, 213-228 p.
Keyword [sv]
konst, jul, julfirande, julillustrationer, jultomte, julbock, populärkultur
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Art History
Research subject
History Of Art
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85850OAI: diva2:695575
Challenging Emotions
Available from: 2014-02-11 Created: 2014-02-11 Last updated: 2014-02-26Bibliographically approved

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