Collection: Philip von Schantz

Painter, Graphic Artist and Professor of Graphic Art

Born in 1928 in Norrköping and died in 1998 in Stockholm, Philip von Schantz was a prominent Swedish painter, printmaker and professor of graphic arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Artistry and Popularity: From his early debut in the 1950s, he received constant attention for his artistry. During the 1970s he achieved great popularity through his artworks depicting piles of berries, fruits and potatoes in old boxes and enamel buckets.

Still Life and Lifelike Portrayal: His still life was characterized by a wealth of detail and lifelike depictions, where every berry was carefully counted. The objects in his work were often self-grown or taken from nature.

Leading Positions and Awards: Philip von Schantz held the position of Professor of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts between 1963 and 1973 and served as Director of the Modern Museum between 1973 and 1977. He also played a significant role as President of the Association for Graphic Arts from 1972 to 1988 and as president of the Academy of Arts between 1987 and 1993. In 1991 and 1992 he contributed to illustrating the Nobel diploma for Ronald Coase, Georges Charpak and Gary S. Becker.

Legacy and Continuing Influence: Philip von Schantz left behind a significant legacy in the art world and continues to be a role model within the Swedish art scene.


Royal Academy of Arts
Otte Sköld's painting school
Studied with André Lhote


Gummeson's art gallery
Lorensberg's art salon in Gothenburg


National Museum
Östgöta art association
Sweden's general art association's Stockholm salons
Smithsonian Libraries
Academy of Arts
Galerie Aesthetica


Peer scholarship, Otte Sköld's painting school
Östgöta Art Association scholarship
Folket i Bild's graphics scholarship
Travel scholarship, Erik Säff's fund at
the Art Academy
Government travel grant

In 2000, Posten AB paid tribute to von Schantz through two stamps with his motif.