Fanny Brate

Fanny Ingeborg Matilda Brate (February 26, 1862–April 24, 1940)

Fanny Ingeborg Matilda Brate (February 26, 1862–April 24, 1940)

Style: Impressionist

Background: Fanny Ingeborg Matilda Brate was born on February 26, 1862. Brate was a Swedish painter. She influenced Carl Larsson, and her work is seen as the inspiration for his watercolors of idyllic family life.

Education: In 1880, at the age of eighteen she was accepted at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, after having graduated from Konstfack.

Achievements: After her marriage, she was forced to give up painting, but continued her involvement in the Swedish art world as a patron for other artists. Brate became a member of Svenska Konstnärernas Förening (the Swedish artists’ association) in 1891.

In 1885 she received a Royal Medal in recognizion of her skillful work Konstvänner which portrays Brate surrounded by a crowd of children. She is best known, however, for Namnsdag (A Day of Celebration), painted in 1902, which today hangs at the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, Fanny Brate illustrated many children’s books, such as Mormors eventyr (Grandma’s Adventures).

The National Museum held a memorial exhibition of her collected works in 1943, where 126 works were displayed. She painted both in oil and watercolors. Her work has significant cultural heritage value in its depiction of Swedish nineteenth century Bourgeoisie life.

Famous Works:

Fanny Brate - Girl at the Window

Fanny Brate – Girl at the Window

Fanny Brate - Hide and Seek

Fanny Brate – Hide and Seek

Fanny Brate - Nätbindare

Fanny Brate – Nätbindare

Fanny Brate - A Day of Celebration

Fanny Brate – A Day of Celebration

Fanny Brate - Sov så sött

Fanny Brate – Sov så sött