GREEN – Christine Swane, the Modernist

Tid: May 19 - Sept. 9, 2018
Sted: The Johannes Larsen Museum

Welcome to the green world of Christine Swane

This exhibition, GREEN, focuses on Christine Swane’s art in her modernist period, and not, as in earlier exhibitions, on her role as a female, figurative artist.

As Johannes Larsen’s sister, and as a pupil of Fritz Syberg, Christine Swane’s starting point was the art of the Funen painters (which included Larsen and Syberg in its core group). However, Christine Swane’s mode of expression changed completely when she married Sigurd Swane in 1910, and thereby came into contact with the budding Danish modernist movement.

After the couple divorced in 1920, Christine Swane developed her special, cubistic style, based on lines and flat surfaces, which lives up to the modernist creed of making forms and colours independent.

Christine saw the connections between nature, art and decorative elements, and used them as a constant source of inspiration in her painting and her handicraft. It is typical of her work that she both stylizes and retains the botanical recognizability of her plant subjects, that she concentrates her colour scale on green, blue, yellow and red, marked with blue outlines, and that she includes her handicraft products in her paintings. (Christine Swane was also a potter and included, for example, her tiled tables in many paintings.)

In the exhibition and the materials that describe it, you will experience how Christine Swane worked in a circular fashion. She was deeply interested in botany, grew the plants herself that she later used in her paintings, just as the birds and fish that she kept as pets also inspired her.

The opening is on May 18th 4 PM. Everyone is welcome!

Read more about Christine Swane here.


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