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

Concert: 1917 AD
Thursday, September 28, 7 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museet

How does a year sound?

1917: A NEW ERA
September 2 - November 26, 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The exhibition is about the decisive year 1917, when a plethora of leading artists and authors gathered at Johannes Larsen’s home, setting the tone for a new direction in Danish art.

Art night
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The four art museums on Funen invite you to come to Art Night.

A Wonderful World
December 1, 2017 - late February, 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We reveal the joy of Johannes Larsen’s world on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

News

Unique opportunity: Syberg’s studio is open
26. June 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

In connection with the anniversary exhibition “Garden by the Sea”, you now can experience something unique: Fritz Syberg’s studio.

Lots of activities for families at the Larsen Museum during this summer
26. June 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We always have activities for kids. But this summer, we’re shifting into higher gear. Our program is filled with activities the whole summer.

The Minister of Culture visits the opening of Garden by the Sea
20. June 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We at the Johannes Larsen Museum were rather proud to be able to welcome Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, when she came and held the opening speech for this year’s big anniversary exhibition, Garden by the Sea

Six stars to Garden by the Sea
20. June 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Under the headline “Summer came in April”, the newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende (Funen’s Diocese Times) gave a really fine review of our exhibition, Garden by the Sea