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

The Farm in the Shadow

The farm in the shadow

Agnes Wieslander was an artist who primarily painted landscapes and still lifes in oils. She was one of the founder members of Konstnärsgruppen (the artists’ group) 1913. Agnes Wieslander was born on 21 July 1873. She was the youngest child of district judge Svante Vitalis Wieslander and his wife Caroline. The older children were Iwar,… Continue reading The Farm in the Shadow

The bread baking

The bread baking

Charlotte Mannheimer was an artist who was also a patron of the arts. Her role as patron had a major influence on the artistic life of Gothenburg during the 1910s and 1920s. Charlotte Mannheimer’s parents were the Danish wholesaler Arnold Abrahamson and his Dutch wife Flora de Jongh, who were both of Jewish heritage. Charlotte… Continue reading The bread baking

The bird’s nest

The bird's nest

Carolina Benedicks-Bruce was one of our earliest female sculptors. Carolina Benedicks-Bruce was born into a wealthy Jewish foundry-owning family. Her paternal grandfather Edvard Otto Benedicks, who had emigrated from Saxony, ran Gysinge works in the 1820s and subsequently became one of the wealthiest men in Sweden and enjoyed royal favour. He helped to establish the… Continue reading The bird’s nest

August Strindberg

August Strindberg

Agnes de Frumerie was mainly active in Paris, where her Art Nouveau sculptures and artwork garnered great attention. She was the only woman to experiment with the creation of a new type of glassware called pâte de verre. Agnes de Frumerie spent her early years with her maternal grandparents in Vänersborg after the divorce of her… Continue reading August Strindberg

Varberg harbour

Varberg harbour

Mathilda Ranch was a successful photographer with an atelier in Varberg in 1881—1922. She was an important “education centre” for young women from different parts of the country who wanted to learn the photography profession. Mathilda Caroline Ranch was born in 1860 in Copenhagen. Her parents were Theresia Walter and Wilhelm Ranch. Her mother came… Continue reading Varberg harbour