The spouses Myrdal, 5 people
  • The spouses Myrdal, 5 people

    TitleThe spouses Myrdal, 5 people
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 100 x 135 cm
  • DatingMade 1968
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Sven Ljungberg, Swedish, born 1913, dead 2010-07-28
  • Depicted PersonGunnar Myrdal, Swedish, born 1898, dead 1987
    Alva Myrdal, Swedish, born 1902, dead 1986
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NMGrh 3208
  • Acquisition1968 gift from the Gripsholms association of 1937
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1412 1920-1965
  • Description
    Images and media

    Alva and Gunnar Myrdal were two of the most influential public figures in 20th-century Sweden. Their ideas on community planning, social justice and gender equality significantly contributed to Social Democratic policy from the 1930s onwards. We see them here in their shared office. The painting can be seen as a symbol of the modern Swedish welfare state, where women and men were expected to work on equal terms.