Sunday Matinée

Welcome to this Sunday Matinée, which is part # 2 on Helene Schjerfbeck from Finland (part # 1 here). I do apologise for the afternoon publishing. It is my holidays, so I slept in and then idled about for too long. But I had to gather my lazy bones off the settee now, in order to honour this amazing woman. Crippled in her childhood, spotted for her talent in young years, studying all over Europe and earning a lot of recognition and almost fame in her younger years, Helene taught art and drawing in Helsinki. But she fell ill and retreated to a village with a good sanatorium, all the while looking after her ageing Mom.

And there, in the remoteness of the country, the most amazing transition took place. While being entirely cut off from the sophisticated art world, Helene Schjerfbeck developed her own, very modern painting style. She portraied herself, her mother and some country girls for lack of other models. Have a look, how this impressive woman took art to a point of ethereal, that is almost sci-fi. Well, I am most impressed. Best compare last weeks paintings from her younger years and compare them to this. What got me most, is the change in the view, she had of her own face over time (at the bottom of this post).

The Red Haired Girl II – Helene Schjerfbeck
Einar Reuter – Helene Schjerfbeck
Factory Workers on their Way to Work – Helene Schjerfbeck
At Home (her mother) – Helene Schjerfbeck
Girl with Blue Ribbon – Helene Schjerfbeck
Girl on the Sand – Helene Schjerfbeck
The Red Haired Girl – Fragment – Helene Schjerfbeck
Pukukuva I – Helene Schjerfbeck
Rosy Cheeked Girl – Helene Schjerfbeck
Matti Kiianlinna – Helene Schjerfbeck
The Family Heirloom – Helene Schjerfbeck
Robber at the Gate of Paradise – Helene Schjerfbeck
Silence – Helene Schjerfbeck
Easter Morning – Helene Schjerfbeck
The Apple Girl – Helene Schjerfbeck
The Sailor (Einar Reuter) – Helene Schjerfbeck
Red Apples I – Helene Schjerfbeck
Portrait of Gota – Helene Schjerfbeck
Maria- Helene Schjerfbeck

SELF PORTRAITS

Self Portrait 1895 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1912 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1915 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1915 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait unfinished – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1939 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1942 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1944 – Helene Schjerfbeck
Self Portrait 1945 (her last) – Helene Schjerfbeck

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