Christine Swane 1876-1960

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 the forefront.

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 poetry.

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.

Calendar

BIRD 2019
September 28, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Johannes Larsen Museum

A new exhibition focuses on birds in art in the year 2019!

News

Ornithological Artists Selected
29. May 2019

Artists have now been selected for the BIRD 2019 exhibition, which will be more comprehensive than ever before.

New Acquisition for the Syberg Collection
29. May 2019

The Johannes Larsen Museum has acquired Fritz Syberg’s painting, Maritime Scene with Sailing Ships, Storm Approaching from 1906

Enrichment of the Larsen Collection
5. March 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

A new sketch of a stone marten was donated to the Museum.

New leader: “It’s a privilege”
5. March 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

New head of department at the Johannes Larsen Museum