Sunday, July 5, 2009

Carl XV, King and Artist

I'm currently in Vail, Colorado, where the Dallas Symphony is in residence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. I hadn't expected to find much of a monarchical nature, though it was not far from Vail that Alfonso de Bourbon (1936-1989), father of the current "Legitimist" pretender to the French throne, was killed twenty years ago in a skiing accident in Beaver Creek. On a happier note, however, I was delighted to discover yesterday when wandering into a charming art gallery, "The Englishman," that one of their paintings, "A Mountain Landscape," had been painted in 1868 by King Carl XV of Sweden & Norway (1826-1872)! I didn't really have $58,000 to spare, but the clerk kindly printed out a copy for me. I hadn't known of Carl XV's artistic abilities, but apparently they were considerable.


J.K. Baltzersen said...


His brother and successor, Oscar II, was also active in the arts, but not so much in painting, I believe.

Also, whether he was Carl/Karl XV or IV of Norway is subject to debate.

BTW, if I recall correctly you have expressed displeasure with no royal heritage in your current resident state of Texas. You should check out New Braunfels.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

A Norwegian historian has a related two week old post.

May said...

Beautiful painting!