Sten Larson 1908-1999

Sten Larson was born in Stockholm on 29th August 1908. He was a Swedish artist and ornithologist.

Larson studied languages at Université de Neuchâtel, Switerland and was a student at the Gothenburg Institute of Commerce (1929-30). In 1930 he attended Valands Målarskola (Valand Painting School), Gothenburg (1930-32) and Maison Watteau, Paris (1932-1933) where he studied under Othon Friesz (1879-1949), Marcel Gromaire (1892-1971) and Charles Despiau (1874-1946). Maison Watteau was an artists' community, established in 1918 by Lena Börjeson, to encourage students from Scandinavia to learn under the tutelage of French teachers and to expose Scandinavian artists to a larger European audience.

Larson took study trips to Europe and Tunisia (1935-1938) and West Africa (1949)

Larson first exhibited at Konsthallen, Gothenburg (1934). Other exhibitions include SDS-hallen, Malmö (1943), Göteborgs Konsthall, Lorsenberge Konstsalong, Gothenburg (1944 and 1948), Ystad Museum (1950), Svenska Mässan and Folkets Hus, Gothenburg (1953) and Uddevella (1954)

As an ornithologist Larson produced scientific publications on bird populations and was (in 1982) awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg.

Sten Larson died in Ellös on 12th March 1999, aged 90.

Examples of Larson¬ís works are held in the Gothenburg Art Museum and Borås Art Museum.