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Siri Karin Derkert, a Swedish artist, was born 30 August 1888 in the Adolf Fredrik Church in Stockholm and died 28 April 1973 in Lidingo, Sweden.
Siri was born in Stockholm in 1888 as one of seven children to the merchant Carl Edward Johansson Derkert and Emma Charlotta Valborg. Siri was educated at Althin art school in Stockholm in 1904 and at the Academy of Art 1911-1913. Subsequently, she studied art in Paris at the Académie Colarossi and the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere with Ninnan Santesson and Lisa Bergstrand (Bergstrand-Paulsson) until the outbreak of World War autumn of 1914.
During and after the First World War, she lived periodically in Italy, where her first child Carlo was born. Siri also studied at the female citizen school run by the Fogelstad group.
Siri had three children: son, Carlo (1915-1994) with the Finnish artist Valle Rosenberg (1891-1919) and daughters Life (1917-1938) and Sarah (born 1920) with cartoonist and book illustrator Bertil Lybeck (1887-1945). With Lybeck Siri was married between 1921 and 1925, but the couple did not live together.
Siri is known as an artist with a highly personal and expressionistic style. In early works, especially from Paris time, you can see impressions from both cubism and fauvism. She has done figurative painting in gray tones, usually pastel, interiors and children's portraits.
She exhibited work in a variety of venues. On April 27, 1960, a solo exhibition of her artwork opened at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
Siri was awarded the Guggenheim Prize in 1000 U.S. dollars in July 1960 for the painting Bird in the Peak.
Her work is included in Swedish collections in Stockholm at the National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Sketches in Lund; and the Gothenburg Art Museum. She is also one of the Swedish artists represented in special Post Office issued stamps.
Public works (selection)
• Women's column, upper platform, T-Centre metro station in Stockholm, carved concrete (1956-1958)
• Carvings in concrete , Östermalmstorg metro station in Stockholm (sandblasted concrete 1962-1964)
• We - We - Nous, tapestry in Gångsätra school in Lidingö 1962
• What birds sing?, Tapestry in Höganäs Hall Assembly Hall 1965-1967
• Sweden wall at Sweden House at the King's Garden in Stockholm relief / carving in concrete / stainless steel 1967-1969)
• Clean air - clean water, sculpture in aluminum on Gull Inge School in Tensta 1968-1972
• Mustard trees and the birds, 1959-1969, concrete reliefs, Skovde cultural center, city library
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