The RA Opens its doors to Finland's Best Kept Secrets: Helene Schjerfbeck
Originally Swedish, Helene Schjerfbeck was born in Finland, in 1862. Known for her realistic style in her paintings, this year the Royal Academy of Arts, London is opening an exhibition all about her incredible works.
Authorized by Adolf von Becker, an influential member of the Finnish Society of Fine Arts, to be a student at the homonymous drawing school in 1873, Schjerfbeck started practicing during an era when Finland was already giving fair chances to both male and female artists. Thanks to a government grant, the young artist embarked on her artistic career in Paris, where she was trained at the Parisian Colarossi academy, then staying in Pont-Aven, a popular artistic colony even before the arrival of Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard in 1886. She produced some of her most raw and radically abstracted paintings in these years.
The exhibition at the Royal Academy not only will trace the evolution of the artist through over 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, but will also focus on one of Schjerfbeck’s favourite topics: the psychology and the beauty of ageing.
The exhibition opens 20th of July, 2019. Free for members. More details here.