Also known as: FC
Oil on canvas, 30x56 cm, landscapes with houses on the meadow, signed "Fanny Churberg". Ostensibly depicting a genuine oil painting by artist Fanny Churberg. The painting was submitted to a small auction house in Stockholm for sale through an estate. The staff of the auction house became suspicious about the painting's authenticity and contacted the police who took the painting seized for further investigation. It was found that the painting had been provided with a forged signature.
Oljemålning på duk, 30x56 cm, landskapsmotiv med hus på äng, signerad "Fanny Churberg". Skenbart föreställande en äkta oljemålning av konstnären Fanny Churberg. Målningen lämnades till ett mindre auktionshus i Stockholm för försäljning genom ett dödsbo. Personalen hos auktionshuset blev misstänksam angående målningens äkthet och kontaktade polis som tog målningen i beslag för vidare utredning. Det konstaterades att målningen hade försetts med en förfalskad signatur.
For Fanny Churberg her Ostrobothnian roots were very
important. She is also known as an active Fennoman who was
inspired by J.L. Runeberg. Churberg studied drawing, first in
Viipuri, where she was taught by Augusta Soldan, and later
in Helsinki where she was the pupil of Alexandra Såltin and
Emma Gyldén. Fanny Churbergs was also taught by her good
friend Berndt Lindholm.
Together with Lindholm, Fanny Churberg travelled to Düsseldorf
where she intended to study landscape painting. At
this time Düsseldorf was an important art centre and the university
there was renowned. For Churberg, who was a great
admirer of the city and of German culture, Düsseldorf was a
natural choice. This choice had also been influenced by her
previous teachers who had studied Art there. Since female
students were not accepted at the Art Academy, Churberg
was taught privately by the German artist Carl Ludwig. In
1875 Fanny Churberg went to Paris where she stayed until the
following spring. Unlike the other Finnish women painters in
Paris Churberg did not attend any of the Art academies that
allowed women students. She chose to take private lessons
and was taught by the Swedish artist, Wilhelm von Gegerfeldt.
Fanny Churberg did however, not find Paris as inspiring as
Düsseldorf had been.
In 1880 Churberg abandoned painting and dedicated herself
to the “Friends of ‘Textile Art Association in Finland”, an Arts
and Crafts movement which she had co-founded in 1879 and
where she was an innovative force to be reckoned with. During
the 1880s Fanny Churberg led the association. She created
patterns, instructed seamstresses and dedicated herself to informative
activities. She also worked as an Art critic for the
newspapers Finland, Morgonbladet and Wasabladet. Fanny
Churberg was a source of inspiration for younger female artists
such as Helene Schjerfbeck who said of Fanny Churberg
that “she has a magician’s ability to create passion”.
Suorce: Bukowskis, Finland