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NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954) was amongst the most talented artists of the Finnish Golden Age. She was one of the first Finnish Symbolists and Expressionists – a master of colour, light and movement, earning recognition already during her lifetime. She was a cosmopolitan, as much at home in Finland, Paris or Florence. For her, the network of the international art world was a refuge, as was her summer studio Casa Bianca in Ruovesi’s Murole village, Finland.

Thesleff was an exceptionally strong and independent woman striving to become a painter from an early age. She began her art studies at the age of fifteen in Finland and continued them later in Paris. Ever confident, she compared herself to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Just as it was to her contemporaries, her style of painting is still striking, self-confident and free.

The exhibition is curated by art historian Hanna-Reetta Schreck.

Gallery name: Helsinki Art Museum HAM

Address: Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, Helsinki

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:00 - 19:00

Open: 26.04.2019 - 26.01.2020