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.