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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Johannes Larsen Museum

Try your hand at graphics during the winter break.

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Johannes Larsen Museum

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Johannes Larsen Museet

We are so fortunate to have many volunteers connected to the museum, who help us with many things.

Piggy bank for the history of snaps
26. October 2018
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Snaps Pig has just been published in a handsome new edition with a foreword by Johannes Larsen’s grandson, who carries on the traditions and recipes for spiced aquavit from his grandfather.

Search for Christine Swane paintings met with great success
26. June 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our art search was broadcast far and wide with the help of the press, Facebook and by word of mouth. After just a short time, to our great pleasure, we received many responses from people who own artwork by Christine Swane.

Fresh nesting boxes for Larsen’s birds
26. March 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our faithful volunteer, Mogens Salling, has spent the last few weeks cleaning and repairing all the bird boxes in Larsen’s garden.