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Helene Schjerfbeck Self-Portrait Poster

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🖼 Your art statement in any room. These matte, museum-quality posters are printed on durable, archival paper.

“To work, to live through work, that is my path”

This design is based on the self-portrait of the Finnish Helene Schjerfbeck (1862 - 1946) - “the greatest woman painter of all time in the Nordic countries”.

A serious accident in Helene’s childhood [that left her with a limp for the rest of her life], romantic disappointments, loneliness, and secluded living didn’t make her life an easy path.

It looks like art was her only loyal helping hand she could always revert to.

✍️ “When you give a child a pencil, you give her an entire world,” - she said.

Schjerfbeck’s selfies are her most extraordinary achievement and she painted these throughout her life.

👉 The very Self-Portrait, Black Background was commissioned in 1915 for an exhibition at the Ateneum [Finnish National Gallery] after a period during which she had felt ignored by the establishment.

Helene was the only woman invited to participate, and she made her statement with this Holbein-styled piece with her name on the canvas.

“Too modern, not polished enough, too French” - her style wasn’t always well accepted in her home Finland.

An outsider in her own country, Schjerfbeck in turn felt it was too small for her. Paris remained her only place of power - the place where she belonged.