Let’s start with the Swedish Buddy Bear,
painted by Laila Olofsson.
Why is he wearing a nightshirt??
The clue is found in a little note on the side:
The artist got her inspiration for this bear from a popular Swedish sing-along summer waltz (Sjösala vals) from 1941 by Evert Taube (1890-1976).
Sjösala was the name of the Taube family’s summer house, located in the idyllic Stockholm archipelago. The lyrics describe a man, Rönnerdal, jumping happily out of bed on an early summer morning, running outside in his nightshirt, dancing in the field, enjoying the birds and nature. He puts a chain of daisies on his head and dances back in to wake up the rest of his family with music. His children think he looks like a bride with the nightshirt and the flowers on his head.
You can listen to the song at YouTube, sung by Evert’s son Sven-Bertil Taube, at a public sing-along concert: