Season’s Featured Artist

Fanny Churberg, Spring Landscape, 1876.

Fanny Churberg, Spring Landscape, 1876. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Image: Finnish National Gallery


Fanny Churberg (1845−1892) is a particularly topical artist this year. This year marks the passage of a hundred years from her first solo exhibition, held at Stenman’s salon in Helsinki. In 1879 she abandoned painting and began working for the promotion of Finnish handicraft culture. Founded by Churberg, the Friends of Finnish Handicraft group celebrates its 140th anniversary this year.

Churberg studied landscape painting privately in Düsseldorf. She had a special knack for depicting weather conditions and natural phenomena. Her paintings make the changing light of the seasons virtually palpable: the cold light of spring, the sweltering sun in a summer landscape, the arrival of the dark in the autumn.

Churberg wrote notes for the final works in her sketches and drawings. In the sketch for Finnish Landscape, she has introduced white gouache alongside pencil to depict the fast flow of water in a rocky brook.


You can find the work by the season’s featured artist in the archive room of the collection exhibition, complete with archival research materials, such as photographs and letters.

More information on the works and artists from the Finnish National Gallery Collections web service.

Stories of Finnish Art. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Stories of Finnish Art. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

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