THE MODERN WOMAN
28 October - 25 February
Produced by the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, The Modern Women presents four leading artists of Finnish modernism: Helene Schjerfbeck, Sigrid Schauman, Ellen Thesleff and Elga Sesemann. From the late 19th century and for the greater part of the 20th century, these artists played a crucial role in Finnish art history. The exhibition will be presented in 2017 to celebrate the centenary
of Finland's independence.
Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) is well known for her images, which were increasingly scaled back until only the most meaningful remained. The exhibition includes a series of portraits and several still lifes painted from the early 20th century until the years preceding her death.
Sigrid Schauman (1877-1979) was a landscape painter, who, in addition to studying for Helene Schjerfbeck, educated herself in Paris where she befriended Sonia and Robert Delaunay. She also spent time in Italy working with Ellen Thesleff. The exhibition features stylised landscapes saturated with colour and several nudes.
Ellen Thesleff (1869 -1954) began her career as a painter in a naturalist style. After encountering European modernism she was inspired by fauvism and expressionism. During long sojourns in France and Italy she developed her treatment of colour, which transformed her into a prominent depicter of light. In her landscapes, many of which are presented in the exhibition, nature is dissolved in a flowing colourful light.
Elga Sesemann (1922-2007) was an expressionist painter and an acclaimed colourist. A self-portrait and a cityscape are her contributions to the exhibition.