Exhibition Review: “Josef Frank Patterns: Furniture – Painting”

As part of an Anglo-Swedish Society organised event, I made a visit the Josef Frank exhibition currently being staged at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Undertaken in association with Millesgården in Stockholm - the home, now museum, of the sculptor Carl Milles - this is the first instance his textiles have been exhibited in … Continue reading Exhibition Review: “Josef Frank Patterns: Furniture – Painting”

The Kalevala: Akseli Gallen-Kallela & National Romanticism

Most of my research at the moment is concerned with exhibitions, and rather than writing another post on exhibitions at this point, I thought I would take a different route, and bring you a brief insight into National Romanticism in the art of Finland towards the end of the 19th century... “The runes of Kalevala … Continue reading The Kalevala: Akseli Gallen-Kallela & National Romanticism

At Home & Abroad: The Swedish Artist Colony

In her book, 'Rural Artists Colonies in Europe, 1870-1910', Nina Lubbren looks at why thousands of artists during the nineteenth-century up and left the urban capitals of Europe and instead chose to live and work in the countryside. This was indeed the case for the Scandinavian artist, not only abroad but at home as well. Focusing on … Continue reading At Home & Abroad: The Swedish Artist Colony

1912: Scandinavian Art Comes to America

You don't realise how quickly time has passed by until you open your diary and January is over, and February has begun. At the beginning of last month I officially started my PhD (glutton for punishment). So I thought that part of my blog would become a way of introducing little elements of my research, … Continue reading 1912: Scandinavian Art Comes to America

Exhibition Review: The Legacy of the Ancher’s, Skagen Museum

The exhibition Arven fra Anchers, or The Legacy of the Ancher's, is currently on show at the Skagen Museum, and provides a superb insight into the artistic process of both Michael and Anna Ancher, as well as the impact an artistic upbringing had on their only child Helga. Upon entering, it is Michael Ancher's Girl … Continue reading Exhibition Review: The Legacy of the Ancher’s, Skagen Museum

Mini Exhibition Review: “Flesh” at York Art Gallery

Ok, so yes this has absolutely nothing to do with Scandinavian art, unless you consider York's Viking history, but that's just a roundabout and convoluted way of justifying the inclusion of a mini-review on an exhibition to do with Flesh currently on show at York Art Gallery. I'm including this here as it is something I … Continue reading Mini Exhibition Review: “Flesh” at York Art Gallery

Book Review: Steffen Kverneland’s Glorious Graphic Novel “Munch”

Edvard Munch's The Scream is one of the most recognised paintings in the history of art. One could argue that alongside Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Monet's Water Lilies, and Warhol's Marilyn, it has become an iconic, and popular, painting which the general public are increasingly familiar with. With Steffen Kverneland's graphic biography, simply entitled "Munch", the … Continue reading Book Review: Steffen Kverneland’s Glorious Graphic Novel “Munch”

A (Belated) Review: Magic Light – En Plein Air Painting from the Late 19th Century, Waldemarsudde

It's been a long time, but I'm back! I have now completed my MA, and am taking a brief (few day) break before diving head first into PhD applications. To be back writing about something other than my dissertation is refreshing. I felt it easiest therefore to start back with something easy and simple, such as … Continue reading A (Belated) Review: Magic Light – En Plein Air Painting from the Late 19th Century, Waldemarsudde

A New Idea of Swedish Ceramics – Per Hammarström

In an article recently published by the local.se, the author writes that, whereas the general perception of Swedish style is still that of light and white tones, the Swede is in fact falling for colour, abandoning the "sleek and clean interior design” for which they are epitomised. In the art of ceramics, the same concept … Continue reading A New Idea of Swedish Ceramics – Per Hammarström

Norden – Nordic or Scandinavian?

Having a full-time job and being a full-time student is not an easy task, but it does mean that any free time you have becomes even more valuable; whether that be catching up with friends, or writing a blog post, which is still a breather from my dissertation. Working and studying means that the two … Continue reading Norden – Nordic or Scandinavian?