Dancing Fairies
  • TitleDancing Fairies
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 90 x 149 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 130 x 188 x 12 cm
  • DatingSigned 1866
  • Artist/Maker Artist: August Malmström, Swedish, born 1829-10-14, dead 1901-10-18
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 1223
  • AcquisitionBequest 1873 Karl XV
  • Description
    Images and media

    Early morning mist swirls across the ground. In Swedish folklore, this is known as älvdans, or dancing fairies. They were regarded as supernatural beings with largely evil powers. Malmström has portrayed them as girl-like figures, some more distinct and others almost dissolving into the mist. Scandinavian popular belief played an important part in attempts to create a national art, less dependent on the influence of countries such as France.