Temporary Exhibition

Of Inner Necessity and With the Greatest Ease

13 May 2023 -

The year is 1930, and Agnes and Gustaf de Frumerie are sitting in their villa in Hindås, discussing what will eventually happen to Agnes’ artistic legacy. After 30 years in Paris, they have been back in Sweden for five years and their home is full of sculptures, paintings and glass art, testifying to a long and rich artistic career.

Agnes and Gustaf de Frumerie have not had any children of their own. Instead, they decided to donate the entire collection to Västergötlands museum in Skara.

Agnes Eleonora Augusta Emilia Kjellberg was born in Skövde on 20 November 1869, the youngest of five siblings. She was to become an unusual and talented Swedish artist who often went her own way.

At the age of 17, she was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts, where she initially studied painting. Agnes is a talented student and is awarded both scholarships and honours. Constantly curious about new artistic expressions, she experimented with sculpture, ceramics and glass throughout her life.

After moving to Paris in 1893, she soon became part of the city’s vibrant artistic life and socialised with big names. She was very industrious and often exhibited at the Paris salons.

a sculpture should look like it created itself out of an inner necessity and with the greatest ease

Agnes de Frumerie

In the spring of 1936, she became a widow and moved to Stockholm, where she rented the studio of her recently deceased friend Christian Eriksson on Maria prästgårdsgata. Here she continued to work for another year. In April 1937 she closes her eyes for the last time.

The exhibition is displayed in the large exhibition hall at the museum.


Skulpturer i utställningen om Agnes de Frumerie
Skulptur av en soldat i gasmask i utställningen om Agnes de Frumerie
Far och son i utställningen om Agnes de Frumerie
Glaskonst i utställningen om Agnes de Frumerie