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Helene Schjerfbeck

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    Helen Schjerfbeck
    Helen Schjerfbeck, Self-portrait with black background, 1915 © Konstmuseet Ateneum, Helsingfors

    By exhibiting paintings by Helene Schjerfbeck from the early years of the 20th century, The Nordic Watercolour Museum chooses to cast light on a transitional period in Schjerfbeck’s art, a period full of experimentation both thematic and technical. During this period watercolour played a particularly important role in the development of her art. It can be claimed that it was just through her various attempts at the use of watercolour that she attained that synthesis which later became something of a trademark for her – a pictorial idiom striving to attain the ultimate simplicity. Many of the subjects are scenes from her home at Hyvinge (Finland) where Schjerfbeck lived with her mother. The exhibition also includes a series of self-portraits.