A Haunt of Swedish Artists26th July 2014 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
During my recent visit to the island of Oland I stayed in a characterful guesthouse called Bo Pensionat. In the early 20th century it was a favourite meeting place and residence for some of the Vickleby School of artists who valued the wonderful light of the island. There is a distinctly Bloomsbury feel about the place, although I could find no evidence that they lived quite such Bohemian lives. Some of their paintings hang on the walls of the guesthouse and leafing through books about them I was very taken by the work of one of them – Arthur Percy – who was entirely Swedish despite the name (I photographed from the book so the reproduction isn’t great). I would love to have his still lifes hanging on my walls. Bo Pensionat is delightfully shabby chic, immensely peaceful and serves delicious food.