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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