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16 facts about Mathilda Rotkirch

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By Gwylym Owen

Mathilda Wilhelmina Rotkirch (28 July 1813 – 6 March 1842) was a Finnish painter. She is often referred to as the first female artist in Finland. She principally made portrait paintings.

Rotkirch was born in Borgå, Finland. She was the daughter of Baron Karl Fredrik Rotkirch and Augusta Fredrika Elisabeth Rotkirch née Aminoff.

In the spring of 1833, she made his first study trip to Stockholm where she studied with Johan Gustaf Sandberg and Robert Wilhelm Ekman. She was a student at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts with 1833 and 1838. She took a study vacation in 1840–1841 along taking into consideration artist Sophie Aminoff (1808–1862) and her husband Carl Reuterskiöld, on a journey through Europe. They visited Lübeck, Hamburg, Kassel, Strasbourg, Bern, Geneva, Milan and Paris, where she studied bearing in mind the Swedish painter and designer Per Wickenberg (1812–1846).

She died of a lung ailment in Turku during 1842 at the age of 28. She was buried in the associates grave at Näsebacken neighboring Porvoo.

Rotkirch was represented in an exhibition in Finland in 1847. She is represented at both Ateneum and Cygnaeus Gallery.

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