Hyvinkään Maisema (Landscape at Hyvinkää)

Helene Schjerfbeck

(Helsinki, 1862 - Saltsjöbaden, Sweden, 1946)
Oil and charcoal on cardboard, laid down on canvas 65 x 60.5 cm (25.6 x 23.8 in.) Signed with monogram lower right 'HS' 1914

Helene Schjerfbeck, who was born in Helsinki in 1862, is today regarded as one of the pioneers of Scandinavian modernism. After suffering a bad fall at the age of four she experienced permanent difficulty in walking and tired easily, so she was schooled at home. She had precocious artistic talent and at the age of eleven was encouraged to train at a private drawing school and later a private academy in Helsinki, before eventually moving to Paris. In those days private tuition was the only form of artistic education open to women artists. Women were denied access to public art academies until the early 1920s, a fact which significantly hampered their individual artistic development.

Provenance
Carl Lüchou, Helsinki, probably bought from the artist's brother Magnus Nils and Marianne Lüchou, Helsinki; Thence by descent
Literature
Hanna and Eilif Appelberg, Helene Schjerfbeck. En biografisk konturteckning, Helsinki, 1949, p. 144
H. Ahtela, Helena Schjerfbeck, Helsinki, 1953, no. 401, p. 362

Exhibited
Helene Schjerfbeck, Gösta Stenmans Konstsalong, Helsinki 1917, no. 101

EXHIBITOR

Daxer & Marschall Kunsthandel

"Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Paintings; Old Master Paintings; Sculpture"

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