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Ingrid Simonsson (1885-1977)
Heraldic Pattern Design
Watercolour oncard
12 x 10 ins / 30 x 26 cms
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Ingrid Emerence Maria Simonsson (née Gustafsson) was born in Tidaholm on 17th April 1885. She was a Swedish artist, a pattern designer and writer.

Simonsson attended Tekniska Skolan (now Konstfack - University of Arts, Crafts and Design), Stockholm (1901-1907).

In 1910 Ingrid Simonsson took a study trip to Paris with her friend, and fellow Tekniska Skolan student, Elsa Gullberg (1886-1984). They visited Manufacture des Gobelins (an historic tapestry factory), the Louvre and the Musée de Cluny. It was in Paris that she met the Swedish artist Birger Simonsson (1883-1938). Birger Simonsson was in Paris studying under Henri Matisse. Together they socialised with the many Scandinavian artists in Paris at the time. After returning from Paris Ingrid kept in touch with Birger and following a summer (1912) spent in Fiskebäckskil with their artist friends, and the following spring in Paris, they were married in Sweden in 1915. In 1916, Birger Simonsson was appointed director of Valands Målarskola (Gothenburg Art School, now HDK-Valand).

Prior to going to Paris, Ingrid Simonsson had only worked with watercolour. During her time in Paris she had begun to use oils and would often use oil paints on wooden panels.

At the (1925) International Exhibition of Modern Decorative & Industrial Arts held in Paris, Ingrid Simonsson received a silver medal for her wallpaper design.

Ingrid Simonsson exhibited at the annual exhibition at Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (1956 and 1957) and was included in the art critic curated 'God Konst i alla Hem' (Good Art in Every Home) exhibition held at Galleri Brinken, Stockholm in the mid 1950s.

Ingrid Simonsson created designs for textiles, ceramics and wallpapers for, among others, the Swedish porcelain factory Rörstrand and taught pattern design at Tekniska Skolan. She wrote reviews for the Sydsenska Dagbladet newspaper and (in 1970) her book 'Konstliv Kring det Unga Seklet' - about the lives of the artists and pioneers of early twentieth century modernism - was published.

Ingrid Simonsson died in Stockholm on 21st January 1977, aged 91.