The art of loving

The art of loving

Harriet Löwenhjelm was an artist and a lyricist. She gained posthumous fame with a poem which was perceived to be modern, original and stylistically innovative. Harriet Löwenhjelm was born in 1887 in Helsingborg. Her father was Colonel Gustaf Adolf Löwenhjelm. However, it was her mother, Maggie Löwenhjelm, who was the dominant figure in the family.… Continue reading The art of loving

Self portrait

Self portrait

Rosalie Sjöman was one of the many prominent female photographers active during photography’s infancy from the 1840s right up to 1900. Rosalie Sjöman was born in Kalmar in 1833. Her father was the captain of a merchant vessel who was employed by Handelsflottan (the merchant navy). Rosalie married Sven Sjöman, also a merchant navy captain,… Continue reading Self portrait

Old man with a beard

Old man with a beard

Adelaïde Leuhusen was a successful singer and singing instructor, an artist, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Adelaïde Leuhusen was born in Stockholm on 1 December 1828. She was the second daughter of Kristina Aurora Ingell and Johan David Valerius. The family already comprised her sister Bertha Valerius who was four… Continue reading Old man with a beard

Old man with big white beard

Old man with big white beard

Kerstin Cardon was an artist and a portrait-painter as well as a drawing- and painting-instructor. She influenced the artistry of several prominent female artists, including Anna Nordlander and Hilma af Klint. Kerstin Cardon, known to her friends as Kitty, was born in Stockholm on 17 August 1843. She came from an artistic home. Her parents… Continue reading Old man with big white beard

The Danish artist Bertha Wegmann painting a portrait

The Danish artist Bertha Wegmann painting a portrait

Jeanna Bauck was primarily a landscape painter. Today she is best known for the series of innovative role portraits which she and the Danish artist Bertha Wegmann painted of each other in the 1880s. Jeanna Bauck was born in 1840. She was the daughter of Dorotea Hansson and Wilhelm Bauck. She grew up in a… Continue reading The Danish artist Bertha Wegmann painting a portrait

Landscape with Flower Meadow

Landscape with Flower Meadow

Anna Billing was an artist, active during the second half of the 1800s and the early 1900s. Anna Billing was born in 1849, the daughter of the landscape painter and painter to the royal court Lars Teodor Billing and his wife Elma Charlotta. Her mother was an opera singer at the Royal Theatre but was… Continue reading Landscape with Flower Meadow

Sleeping Child

Sleeping Child

Emma Löwstädt-Chadwick was one of several successful Swedish female artists who studied in Paris during the 1880s. She was a member of Opponentrörelsen (the opponent movement) and she was resident in Grez-sur-Loing. Her artwork was displayed annually at the great Paris Salons as well as in Sweden. Emma Hilma Amalia Löwstädt-Chadwick was born in Stockholm… Continue reading Sleeping Child

At a Jetty

At a Jetty

Ester Almqvist was one of the pioneers behind efforts to introduce modern art into Sweden. Ester Almqvist was born in Bromma near Stockholm. Her parents were teachers at a theology school run by Evangeliska Fosterlands-Stiftelsen (EFS). Her father, Knut Wilhelm Almqvist, was a priest and director of Johannelund school. He died when Ester Almqvist was… Continue reading At a Jetty

Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus

Betzy Ählström was the first female Swedish glass artist. She created advanced Art Nouveau glassware. Betzy Ählström was born in 1857, the fifth child of Alexander Ählström and Hedda Sofia Kanström. She grew up on Enhult farm in Malexander. She took drawing and painting classes in Stockholm, Copenhagen and London and attended Lauritz Baltzer’s drawing… Continue reading Christmas cactus