Alexander Lauréus was born in Turku in 1783 and went to Stockholm to study at the Royal Academy. He painted everyday life and familiar themes from popular literature and the theatre. In his visual art, Lauréus was a pioneer of the early Romantic movement.
Listeners will hear about the journey of Lauréus and his common-law wife Margaretha Charlotta Thynelius to Paris in 1817. Their journey continued in 1820 over the Alps to Rome. There, Lauréus painted local street life. His paintings created an interesting view of life in the early nineteenth century in Turku, Stockholm, Paris and Rome.
Lotta Nylund, MA, is writing a doctoral dissertation on Alexander Lauréus´s artistic output and activities, particularly in relation to early Romanticism and the visual culture of the era. Nylund is the chief curator of the Villa Gyllenberg Art Museum.