Christine Swane and the Quiet Life

Tid: November 25, 2016 until June 25, 2017
Sted: The Johannes Larsen Museum

Experience a quiet life in a quiet exhibition.

Time seems to go a little more slowly in the villa on Mill Hill (Møllebakken), the home of Johannes and Alhed Larsen. The place exudes calmness and a sense of the quiet life, which can be felt through the bouquets and the table displays, which are still an important part of the interiors. Back then, the decorative bouquets brought the senses into play and they brought nature inside to the coffee table. They also served as models for the female artists who lived and visited there.

Christine Swane (1876-1960) belonged to the female line of the Funen painters. Through her brother, Johannes Larsen, she was introduced to the artistic environment at Møllebakken.

Alhed Larsen and Anna Syberg, who both concentrated, for the most part, on floral motifs, were a source of inspiration for Christine Swane in her youth, but in 1909, she met the painter Karl Isakson in the Larsen’s home. This meeting had epoch-making importance for Christine Swane, who at this point was beginning to feel like Funen naturalism was a rut for her. Isakson was fascinated by the art of Henri Matisse and by the cubistic tendencies in France, which emphasized colour and form. Christine’s future husband of 10 years, Sigurd Swane (1879-1973) shared Isakson’s passion for this new movement in art. Christine Swane heard Johannes Larsen’s and Karl Isakson’s discussions  about the modern use of colour, and got so inspired that she developed a colourful and cubistic painting style of her own. After her marriage to Sigurd Swane, the couple moved to Kerteminde, where they lived in the house called Lille Kærbyhus, just a stone’s throw from the Larsens’ villa.

Christine’s and Sigurd’s son, Lars Swane (1913-2002), took after his mother, in particular, as a painter.

Beginning in 1926, Christine Swane began experimenting with clay, and she carried out many ceramic works based on the very personal style that characterized her paintings.

Even though Christine Swane kept developing her artistic expression, she kept returning throughout her life to bouquets and to still-life objects on tabletops, so called still lifes, or...the quiet life.

Calendar

Storytelling café and poster workshop
Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 11 AM til 3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

What should your story look like?

Garden by the Sea
April 1 - August 27, 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Experience a tribute to the garden and to art.

Easter break: Land Art in Larsen’s garden
April 10 and 11, 11 AM til 3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Take part in a land-art workshop in the museum garden.

Family workshop: Seafolk and landlubbers
Sunday, April 30, 11 AM-3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Come and get inspired, it will be creative and fun!

News

Sybergland seen from Villa Wheel-legs
20. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Municipality of Kerteminde has gotten inspired by painter Fritz Syberg’s little house on wheels, Villa Wheel-legs, for use at the new recreational nature preserve, Sybergland.

Birthday present from the Albani Foundation
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

A major contribution from the Albani Foundation will assure that the 150th anniversary of Johannes Larsen’s birth will be fittingly celebrated.

A new work from PAX acquired by the museum
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

A fine little pen-and-ink drawing from 1955 gives new insight into where the PAX-collection at the Johannes Larsen Museum comes from.

120 kids to a drawing-Mecca
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Danish Drawing Championship Tour (if there were such a thing) visited the Johannes Larsen Museum for Big Drawing Day. 120 pupils from Funen were invited from all around Funen.