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

Grete Jensen – the Funen painters’ unknown potter
June 23 - November 25, 2018
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GREEN – Christine Swane, the Modernist
May 19 - Sept. 9, 2018
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Welcome to the green world of Christine Swane

Tasting samples from the kitchen garden
Wednesdays on May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29 and September 26
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Concert with Laura Mo
June 14, 8 PM
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Experience Laura Mo at the Johannes Larsen Museum

News

Fresh nesting boxes for Larsen’s birds
26. March 2018
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Our faithful volunteer, Mogens Salling, has spent the last few weeks cleaning and repairing all the bird boxes in Larsen’s garden.

The Coffee House will be temporarily closed
6. February 2018
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The Coffee House at the Johannes Larsen Museum is closing on Feb.1, 2018 due to rebuilding and expansion.

The Ladby Tapestry will be extended
5. December 2017
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The beautiful Ladby Tapestry will be on display at the museum for another two months.

Read the private letters and diaries of the Funen painters
5. December 2017
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Thousands of private letters to and from the Funen painters and their circle are now available to the public.