Pehr Hilleström

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Pehr Hilleström
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Born (1732-11-18)18 November 1732
Väddö, Roslagen, Sweden
Died 13 August 1816(1816-08-13) (aged 83)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Known for Painting, Tapestry weaving

Pehr Hilleström (18 November 1732 – 13 August 1816), was a Swedish artist and from 1794 a professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. He became its director in 1810.

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File:Pehr Hilleström d.ä. - In the Anchor-Forge at Söderfors. The Smiths Hard at Work - Google Art Project.jpg

He produced numerous genre paintings of people performing various daily tasks inside upper- and middle-class homes in Stockholm. Dresses and furniture were painted exactly the way they looked and provide a valuable source of information about what life was like in those days; in addition to this he painted craftsmen in action at mills and other early industrial workplaces. Between 1757 and 1772 he worked as a master tapestry weaver, after learning the trade in France.

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