Meet the photographer, artist and photo book collector Bruno Ehrs, and Karin Sidén, director of Prins Eugen’s Waldemarsudde, in conversation with Anna Tellgren, curator at Moderna Museet. The evening highlights art, photography and the networks that emerged in the decades before and after 1900.
The talk centres on two seminal and strong personalities, Prince Eugen and Henry B. Goodwin, both featured in the exhibition “In Lady Barclay’s Salon – Art and Photography around 1900”.
The exhibition focuses on the decades around the previous turn of the century, with more than 300 works from the collections of Moderna Museet and Nationalmuseum that give insights into the visual culture and spirit of the time. See these paintings and photographs at close range while listening to a talk about this influential period.
About Henry B. Goodwin
The photographer Henry B. Goodwin (1878–1931) is richly represented in “In Lady Barclay’s Salon”. Goodwin created the elegant portrait of Lady Barclay, who has lent her name to the exhibition.
For some 15 years, Henry B. Goodwin was the most successful proponent of Sweden’s pictorialist movement in photography a style inspired by impressionism, symbolism and naturalism.
Goodwin was born in Munich as Heinrich Bürgel and came to Sweden in 1905 to take up a post as senior lecturer in German at Uppsala University. He changed career many times, and was both a linguistics scholar, a photographer and a gardener over the years.
In 1914, he moved to Stockholm and opened a studio, Kamerabilder, which was frequented by celebrities, artists and actors. The city itself was also a recurring motif in his pictures. His rather smoky images of Stockholm do not reveal many details but are typically pictorialist in how they convey moods and feelings.
About Prince Eugen
After overcoming some reluctance from his parents, King Oscar II and Queen Sophia, the prince was able to study art, partly in Paris, for the portrait painter Léon Bonnat (1833–1922).
But the prince also had a lifelong commitment to art and artists, which made him a discerning collector. His many acquisitions gave him an important standing as a patron and he also held various offices in the arts sector.
Today, Prince Eugen’s private collection, which he bequeathed to the Swedish government, can be seen at Waldemarsudde on Djurgården in Stockholm. The museum is located in the house from the early 1900s that the prince built, in collaboration with the architect Ferdinand Boberg, as his permanent residence.
About Sarita Enriqueta Barclay
The portraits that Henry B. Goodwin took of Lady Barclay between 1920 and 1922 show a fashion-conscious society woman. Sarita Barclay moved to Stockholm just after the end of the First World War with her husband, Sir Colville Barclay, and their three children. Her husband was Minister to Sweden, a high-ranking British diplomat.
During the five years that Lady Barclay lived in Stockholm she hosted various events, including a dinner in conjunction with an exhibition of French art at the Liljevalchs art gallery at the initiative of Prince Eugen in 1923. Sarita was the daughter of the British sculptor Herbert Ward.
After the death of her first husband, she married Robert Vansittart, a diplomat who spoke out against Nazism before and during the Second World War.