I’ve painted this scene in a trio, including the edges and wish to sell the 3 paintings as a set, not to be sold individually. As with all acrylic paintings, they look their best when lit from above with designated lighting.
Stortorget meaning “Big Square” in Swedish is probably one of the most famous scenes in Gamla Stan, often on the photos and postcards that tourists buy of Stockholm. Being probably the oldest historical square in the City, dating back to Medieval times and evolving over time with most of the current buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century.
It has a rather dark history culminating in the Danish King beheading 80 important citizens of Gamla Stan in the square, this was after they had been reprieved. The square ran with blood, it is also known as Blodtorget, as in “Blood Square” being the place of other executions and unpleasant events. When you visit now eating your ice creams or drinking coffee, it seems impossible to image these terrible chapters in history, although you can feel the past echoing through the walls and cobbles waiting to be remembered.
I took my parents to the square in Autumn 2014 and that is when I first got the idea to paint it as a trio of paintings, I wanted to create the feeling of the paintings closing in and also to highlight the central fountain. After several visits and initially planning to paint the square from the other direction, I decided with the light and the amazing redness of the central building to go for this angle.
PRICE: £950 PLUS POSTAGE AND PACKING