Christine Swane, who was Johannes Larsen's
sister, received her art training from Fritz Syberg, J.F. Willumsen
and Harald Giersing.
Originally, her style was close to that of the
other Female Funish Painters, favouring flower motifs. But after
her marriage in 1910 to the painter Sigurd Swane, and her meeting
with the Swedish painter Karl Isakson, her style changed and became
more modern, with emphasis on cubistic forms and colourisitic
values. Her earlier figurative style, typically with a richness of
detail, gave way to a more decorative style with geometric or
facetted forms in a two-dimensional space. At the same time, her
colours became clearer, with shades of yellow, blue and green in
Her preferred motifs were still lifes and
interiors, but she also painted portraits, some full-figure
paintings, and landscapes, especially of forests. She also worked
with ceramics, sculpture, embroidered pictures, batik and
Christine Swane was the female Funish Painter
who achieved the most recognition for her art during her lifetime.
She was also the most active exhibitor among the three female
artists, starting in 1905. She participated in the "Journalistic
Society's Exhibition of Works that have been Refused by
Charlottenborg", and continued exhibiting regularly, in separate
shows as well as in the annual spring exhibitions at
Charlottenborg, and other established institutions of art.
Christine and Sigurd were divorced in 1920.
Their son, Lars Swane, later became a painter like his parents.
Today, the Johannes Larsen Museum has the
largest collection of works by Christine Swane in the country.