Birgit Lindvall was a Swedish artist who was primarily known for her harmonious, pastel-coloured landscapes and townscapes. In addition to painting she also produced glass mosaics, designed furniture, and created woven images and rugs.
Birgit Lindvall was born in Gaddaröd in eastern Scania. Having completed school she then studied painting with the artist Albert Larsen in Ystad, amongst others. After marrying Claes Lindvall, a merchant from Höör, she continued her training and studied with Herbert Isenstein, professor at the Kunstakademi in Copenhagen, during his 1943–1944 teaching stint in Malmö. During the 1950s she studied painting at Skånska målarskolan (school of painting). She attended Otte Sköld’s painting school in Stockholm, under Åke Pernby’s leadership, in the spring of 1953. The autumn of that year she studied at the Académie Ranson in Paris. In 1958 she was elected into the Konstnärernas Riksorganisation (KRO) (national organisation of artists) and Föreningen Svenska konstnärinnor (association of Swedish female artists). In addition to painting and drawing she also worked in glass mosaics and in textiles/woven imagery.
Birgit Lindvall frequently exhibited her work during the 1950s. For example, in November 1954 she put on a joint display of work with Lennart Lindberg and Einar Lindberg at Steijners Konstgalleri in Helsingborg. In 1956 she held a solo exhibition at Möllers Konstsalong showing several Paris-themed pieces in delicate colour schemes. She was involved in several joint exhibitions, including at Vikingsberg Konstmuseum in Helsingborg, Höör Gästgifwaregård, and the Konst i hemmiljö display at Möbelaffären in Höör in December 1955. When the 1958 football world championships kicked off in Stockholm a jury-reviewed art exhibition on the theme of football was held. Birgit Lindvall contributed a graphic print together with GAN, Lennart Rodhe and Isaac Grünewald.
In 1957 Birgit Lindvall was invited by the National Association of Women Artists in the USA to show her art at the Argent Galleries in New York. The exhibition was a success and her delicate paintings garnered acclaim in the local press. On 28 November 1958 Sydsvenska Dagbladet published a report extolling her talent and the fantastic reception she had been given in America. The Swedish weeklies such as Femina and Husmodern also carried reports on her exhibition.
Initially Birgit Lindvall’s paintings consisted of interestingly composed nearby townscapes as well as many still-lives – her favourite theme was tulips. During the 1950s her paintings evolved and she began to use an understated colour scheme in light yellow and ochre-coloured tones accented by muted blue and olive-green tones. The contours were bolder and lengthened. She frequently worked with a palette knife.
Birgit Lindvall’s themes were inspired by her trips to France, Spain, and Italy. Her townscapes based on Elba, Ravenna are presented in yellow nuances ranging from sunflower yellow to yellowish-green tones. She was fascinated by the pinks and burnt red tones of the Castillian high plains and produced several paintings of low houses in pink-hued landscapes. Her paintings with motifs from Normandy, Paris, and Stockholm are characterised by a restrained grey colour scheme, with accents in black, grey-blue, off-white, and pink. Her oil painting Stockholmsvinter is an excellent example of her manner of stylising and making her motifs geometric. She portrays the Scanian plains in a way few others have showing mighty, ripe rapefields in incredible shades of yellow, winter landscapes comprising rows of white houses and iridescent, foggy scenes around lake Ring.
Towards the late 1960s Birgit Lindvall began to work solely with textiles. She had run a perfume shop in Lund since 1959, and as she worked there every day, she did not have enough time to work in oils. It was easier to take breaks from loom-work. Following a trip to Scotland she returned newly inspired by freestyle motifs in a new colour scheme, with themes such as cows and sheep against purple heather moors. She used mixed techniques, everything from rose path weaving to plain weaving, flatweaving and voile weaving.
In February 1971 Färs- och Frosta Sparbank in Höör exhibited Birgit Lindvall’s woven images and oil paintings. The next year both Birgit Lindvall and her husband were killed in a car accident. The bank organised a memorial exhibition both at their premises and at her studio in the spring of 1972.
Birgit Lindvall’s grave lies in Hörröd cemetery.