In many ways, Fanny Churberg was a pioneer in the history of Finnish art. She was an independent, ambitious and courageous artist. As a female student in Düsseldorf, she was forced to study privately since the Art Academy did not admit women. The German landscape painter Carl Ludwig was her teacher in 1867 and 1871-1874. She painted actively for ten years but then moved on to promote handicrafts. While landscape painting was closest to her heart, she also developed an interest in still life painting while studying in Paris in 1875-1876. Her work in this genre is among the finest in Finnish art history.