Sunshine

Sunshine

Fanny Brate was a genre painter who depicted Swedish nature, folklore, and home interiors. She also painted portraits. Fanny Brate was born in Stockholm in 1861. Her father was Johan Frans Gustaf Oscar Ekbom, who served as a royal factor for King Oscar II. Her mother was Henriette Alexandrine Dahlgren. Fanny Brate trained as an… Continue reading Sunshine

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Sigrid Blomberg was a significant sculptor, best known for her sacred art. Sigrid Blomberg grew up on her father’s farm in Skärshult, Småland along with five siblings. She was the daughter of Charlotte Lundqvist and the property owner Alfred Blomberg. Sigrid Blomberg spent her school years at the Nisbeth girls’ school in Kalmar. She began… Continue reading The Annunciation

Yvonne fille de Bretonne

Yvonne fille de Bretonne

Ruth Milles was a well-known artist of the early twentieth century, who was particularly known for her statuettes. Ruth Milles grew up on Örby farm in Uppland in a francophile environment. Her father, Emil Andersson, had served as a second lieutenant in the French campaigns in Tunisia and received the order of the Légion d’Honneur.… Continue reading Yvonne fille de Bretonne

The Unicorn in the Forest

The Unicorn in the Forest

Märta Måås-Fjetterström was an internationally renowned textile artist of the early 1900s. Märta Måås-Fjetterström was born in Kimstad in Östergötland in 1873. Her family later moved to Vadstena where her father Rudolf Fjetterström was a rural dean. Her mother Livia tended to the family farm and gave birth to eight children. During the period of… Continue reading The Unicorn in the Forest

At the piano

At the piano

Mina Carlson-Bredberg was an artist who was active during the decades around 1900. Mina Carlson-Bredberg was born in Gothenburg in 1857. Her family was otherwise well rooted in wealthy circles in Stockholm. Her father Henrik Vilhelm Bredberg was a judge in the Court of Appeal and her mother Josefina Lovisa, née Smerling, was the daughter… Continue reading At the piano

The Red Cross

Red Cross 1917

Jenny Nyström was an artist and an illustrator. She was the first woman in Sweden to be awarded a royal medal for her historically-themed painting. Her legacy was established by the popularity of her depictions of “tomte” (a mythological creature often associated with Christmas). Jenny Nyström was born in Kalmar. She was the daughter of… Continue reading The Red Cross

Swedish modernist avant-garde movement

Swedish modernist avant-garde – girl's head

Sigrid Hjertén was an artist who was one of the leading figures of the Swedish modernist avant-garde movement. She was particularly acclaimed for her expressive use of colour. Sigrid Hjertén was born in 1885 and grew up in Sundsvall. Her mother, Maria Rahm, belonged to a well-to-do family from the town. Her maternal uncle Johan… Continue reading Swedish modernist avant-garde movement