3 August 1863|
Gravellona Lomellina, Italy
|Died||26 October 1964
Count Pehr Louis Sparre (August 3, 1863 – October 26, 1964) was a Swedish painter, designer and draughtsman, most noted for his early work in the Finnish national romanticism and jugend styles. He also competed in the individual and team épée fencing events at the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Born in Gravellona Lomellina, Italy, Sparre studied in Paris with Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Eero Järnefelt and Emil Wikström and took part in painting trips in Karelia with Kallela and Wikström. Sparre is often mentioned as a founder of the Karelianism movement, along with Kallela. He moved to Finland in 1889, living there for almost two decades. In 1893 Sparre married the Finnish Eva Mannerheim, an artist and the sister of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.
After the mid-1890s, Sparre reduced his work as a painter and instead worked on developing the industrial art and graphics industry in Finland. In 1897 he founded the Iris furniture and ceramics factory in Porvoo. Impressed by the pottery of the English-Belgian ceramist and painter Alfred William Finch, Sparre invited him to manage the ceramics department. By the request of his friend, Karl Emil Ståhlberg, Sparre also worked as the director for the first Finnish fictional film, the 20-minute long Salaviinanpolttajat in 1907.
In 1908, Sparre moved back to Sweden and continued his painting career, concentrating on portraiture and painting landscapes. By the time of his death in 1964 in Stockholm, aged 101, Sparre had completed over 500 portraits.
- "Pehr Louis Sparre Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
- Louis Sparre biography at the Amos Anderson art museum[dead link]
- Louis Sparre at the Internet Movie Database