Karl Emanuel Jansson (1846-74)

Karl Emanuel Jansson was born in 1846, the son of a farmer in Pålsböle in Finström. His artistic talent was recognised by the dean Frans Petter von Knorring who saw to it that Jansson was granted a scholarship by the Finnish Art Association in order to study at the Turku Drawing School. Jansson’s teacher in Turku was the court painter Robert Wilhelm Ekman.

Jansson was successful in his studies and was consequently granted several more scholarships. In 1862 he continued his studies at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and six years later he travelled to Düsseldorf. Karl Emanuel Jansson died in 1874, the very year he was accepted to the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Arts.

Jansson was only 23 when painted his most famous painting, “Åländsk bondbrud” (Åland Peasant Bride), in Düsseldorf. The painting was critically acclaimed and purchased by the Finnish Art Association. Jansson also painted many portraits and scenes from the everyday life of the common people, such as “Klöveress” (Ace of Clubs), “I dörren till sakristian” (At the Vestry Door) and “Slant i håven” (Collecting Money in a Church). Many of his works can be found in the collections of the Ateneum Art Museum.

Karl Emanuel Jansson’s subtle interiors display great talent. Unfortunately his career was cut short much too early when he fell ill and died of tuberculosis at only 28.


Karl Emanuel Jansson (1846-74), Åländsk stuginteriör (detail), 1871, OOC, Stiftelsen Ålands Vänner.


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