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Helene Scherfbeck (1862 – 1946)

This is a compilation of two pictures of the billboard of the exhibition of the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck
On the right side the original on the façade of the “Gemeentemuseum” in the Hague. Left its reflection in the pond of the museum.

There are a lot of famous paintings you know from its reproductions. When you see these pictures in real, they often come up to your expectations.
Sometimes the beauty of a painting is much more overwhelming than I expect. Then I stand rooted to the spot, forgetting all time and space, enjoying intensely the beauty of the painting.
Unexpected for me I had that experience with “View of the Grand Canal” of Canaletto in the Uffizi in Florence. A painting well known to me from its reproduction, but not especially appealing….. until I saw the real painting.
Several paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Karel Appel, Claude Monet and others have had the same effect on me.

…..And now several paintings of Helene Scherfbeck have joined my list of most valuable, overwhelming and breathtaking art.

Helene Schjerfbeck is in Finland a national heroine, and across all of Scandinavia she has gained, I think quit rightly, near-mythical status, yet in the rest of Europe she is virtually unknown. This year, 90 years after her death 3 European museums organize the first large-scale European exhibition of her art outside Scandinavia. The tour started in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, went then to the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and is still to be visited from 20 October 2007 – 13 January 2008 in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

If you are in the position ……….

This exhibition features more than 120 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings from the influential painter’s extensive oeuvre. The portraits, self-portraits, landscapes and still lifes on show testify to Schjerfbeck’s highly individual style and affirm her position as an outstanding modernist artist.

The exhibition was an enormous and unexpected success in The Hague. The 3th edition of the catalogue was complete sold out before the ending of the exhibition.

If you want to see or know more of this painter, you can use the next links:

Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
Helene Scherfbeck, Wikipedia

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