Carl Fredrik Hill & Fanny Churberg – towards a new landscape

19 April15 September 2024
Current exhibition

Målningen Björkbacke av Carl Fredrik Hill
Carl Fredrik Hill, Birch Hill, Fontainebleau 1876. Photo: Johanna Rylander, Johanna / Malmö Konstmuseum

During the spring and summer of 2024, Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum shows unique Nordic landscape paintings from the 19th century by two of the most pioneering artists of the time, Carl Fredrik Hill (1849–1911) and Fanny Churberg (1845–1892). Both struggled with their career in different ways – to realize their artistic ambitions and gain public recognition.

Fanny Churberg, Forest interior, 1879. Photo: Turku Art Museum, Kari Lehtinen
Fanny Churberg, The Old Oak, 1872. Photo: Matias Uusikylä/Signe and Ane Gyllenberg foundation

Finnish Fanny Churberg's dramatically rendered and expressive landscapes in strong colors meet Carl Fredrik Hill's deeply personal, shimmering and pre-expressionist paintings in the exhibition. During an intense and creative period, they were in France to portray the lush nature of the Fontainebleau Forest. With inspiration from some of the leading figures of the Barbizon School, Corot, Rousseau, and Courbet, they developed an entirely new type of landscape painting.

Carl Fredrik Hill, Landscape of Seine With Poplars, 1877. Photo: Åmells
Carl Fredrik Hill, Landscape with Fruit Trees, 1877. Photo: Bukowskis

At Sven-Harry's art museum, the related, but strongly personal artistry is brought together for the first time before they both end their painting in different ways. Fanny Churberg, in the shadow of her male artist colleagues, ends her career abruptly and Carl Fredrik Hill who unfortunately enters a period of severe illness.

The exhibition is produced by Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum in collaboration with guest curators Barbro Schauman and Pedro Westerdahl.

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