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This is Helene Schjerfbeck

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By Gwylym Owen

Helena Sofia (Helene) Schjerfbeck (pronounced [heˈleːn ˈɕæ̌rvbek] (About this soundlisten); July 10, 1862 – January 23, 1946) was a Finnish painter. A modernist painter, she is known for her realist works and self-portraits, and next for her landscapes and yet lifes. Throughout her long life, her bill changed dramatically start with French-influenced certainty and plein air painting. It gradually evolved towards portraits and nevertheless life paintings. At the start of her career she often produced historical paintings, such as the Wounded Warrior in the Snow (1880), At the Door of Linköping Jail in 1600 (1882) and The Death of Wilhelm von Schwerin (1886). Historical paintings were usually the realm of male painters, as was the experimentation with protester influences and French protester naturalism. As a result, her works produced mostly in the 1880s did not receive a favourable reception until difficult in her life.

Schjerbeck’s birthday, 10 July, is Finland’s national morning for the painted arts.

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