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Helene Schjerfbeck was born in Helsinki on 10 July 1862. At the age of eleven she enrolled in the Finnish Art Society's drawing school. She studied in Paris during the 1880s, developing from historical painting to Naturalism, and later to Symbolism. In 1902, she returned to Finland and lived in relative isolation until 1917, when an art dealer exhibited her work in his private gallery. In 1925, she moved to Tammisaari. In 1944, she flew to a spa hotel near Stockholm, remaining there until her death in 1946.

Detail from 'A boy feeding his younger sister'
  1. The wounded warrior in the snow
  2. A boy feeding his younger sister
  3. Self-portrait, black background