Anna Syberg was Peter Hansen's sister. She
married Fritz Syberg. After her preliminary artist training at
Faaborg Technical School from 1884-86, she received private
instruction from the sculptor Ludvig Brandstrup (1889-90). In 1892
she was hired at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, where her
talent for painting flowers suited the company's more delicate
patterns like the Violet and the Chrysanthemum sets.
Flower motifs from the window sill and the
garden occupied her and were easily available. She painted mostly
in watercolour with an underlying pencil drawing, often followed up
with black ink details over the watercolour.
The year after her death in 1914, a memorial
exhibition was held, and the founder of Faaborg Museum, conserves
manufacturer Mads Rasmussen acquired many of her paintings. She
thus achieved the recognition and acceptance that she had agitated
for in discussions with her brother, Peter Hansen, who was against
women's art being displayed at museums.
From Pisa, Italy, on Jan.14, 1912, she wrote
"What a fuss you make. You voted against me at
Faaborg Museum because of your oh so high ideals about guarding the
virtue of Art in Denmark. You wrote that you didn't want to spare
me the knowledge that I and the other female artists have no
significance in Danish art."