These two lovely paintings depicting Swedish celebrations were literally stumbled upon in an antique shop in Mt Vernon WA last month by a Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge member. The frames that now assure these treasures special attention were custom made for them after the purchase. Both paintings are 36″ x approximately 15″ in size.
This first painting depicts the Swedish tradition of stjärngossar – star boys – which apparently originated during Twelfth Night celebrations of the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. In times past, boys often went round the farms dressed in long white gowns & pointed hats carrying a paper star, singing songs in return for schnapps. Today, the star boys are a part of the Lucia celebration.
This second painting depicts the traditional Swedish folk dance referred to as the lang dans or long dance.