Per Krafft the Younger

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Per Krafft

Per Krafft the younger (1777–1863) was a Swedish painter of portraits and history paintings.


Krafft to study at the Art Academy in Stockholm as a child, from 1783 to 1796. He studied with Lorens Pasch the Younger. In 1787 he received his first medal. In 1795 he painted the 18-year-old a bust of Francois-Emmanuel Guignard de Saint-Priest.

Portrait of Christina Hjorth by Krafft.

Influenced by Louis Masreliez in 1796, he went to Paris, where he became a student of Jacques-Louis David. In 1801, for the Academy exhibition in Stockholm, Krafft sent homethree works: Belisarius , a smiling Cupid, and Paris as a shepherd, all composed in neoclassical relief style. In 1802 he traveled to Italy, where he drew cityscapes, studying ancient and copied Raphael . In May 1803 he returned from Florence to Paris, where he copied and executed portrait commissions.

After 5 years in Italy in 1805, he came back to Stockholm. He became court painter. In 1808, Krafft was appointed Deputy Professor of the Academy. From 1818 to 1856, he was professor of drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts. After Carl Fredrik von Breda's death in 1818, he was elected professor of drawing. As a professor, he served until April 1856.

Per Krafft the Younger became over the years more and more original, his teaching method was dry and dogmatic, but he had a formidable, forthright behavior.[1]


He was the son of Per Krafft the elder and Maria Vilhelmina Ekebom and the brother of Wilhelmina Krafft. He married Brita Sofia Robsahm (1784–1854).


  1. ^ Carlquist, Gunnar , eds (1933). Swedish dictionary . Bd 15 . Malmo Swedish Uppslagsbok AB. p. 1175-76

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