The Bloody Square (2015)
Acrylic painting by Sally Usher


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 35.43 × 35.43 × 1.18 in / 35.43 × 35.43 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the front

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Sally Usher

United Kingdom

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Stortorget meaning "Big Square" in Swedish is probably one of the most famous scenes in Gamla Stan, often on the photos and postcards that tourists buy of Stockholm. Being probably the oldest historical square in the City, dating back to Medieval times and evolving over time with most of the current buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century.

It has a rather dark history aculminating in the Danish King beheading 80 important citizens of Gamla Stan in the square, this was after they had been reprieved so not a good day for them! The square was said to have "ran with blood", it is sometimes know as Blodtorget, as in "Blood Square" and also the place of other executions and unpleasant events. When you visit now eating your ice creams or drinking coffee, it seems impossible to image these terrible episodes, although in my mind, you can feel the past echoing through the walls and cobbles waiting to be remembered.

When my parents visited in 2014, I took them to Stortorget in Autumn and that is when I got the idea to paint it as a trio of paintings, I wanted to create the feeling of the paintings closing in and also to highlight the central fountain. I revisited afterwards several times taking photos and sketches and decided on this aspect for the trio.

I’ve painted this scene in a trio, including the edges and wish to sell the 3 paintings together as a set, not to be sold individually. As with all acrylic paintings, they look their best when well lit with designated lighting

Materials used:

Trio of 3 paintings in deep frame, each individually measuring 30cm x 90 cm

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