Girl with Blonde Hair, Helene Schjerfbeck
Helene Schjerfbeck
Girl with Blonde Hair
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Helene Schjerfbeck

Girl with Blonde Hair, 1916


Dimensions
56.5 x 44.5 cm
Inventory Number
2463
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 with the help of numerous donations and contributions and the support of W. Winterstein. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

The scene plays with intimacy and distance. The thick blonde hair of the woman, who is deeply engrossed in reading, encases her like a protective cloak. At the same time, the viewer is warded off by it. The atmospheric depiction is composed of few fields of colour and by the interplay between opaque and translucent applications of paint. The Finnish artist thus emphasises the abstract tendencies of her work, in which she nonetheless always remains committed to figuration. Schjerfbeck, who received her artistic training in Helsinki and Paris, already enjoyed great success during her lifetime. However, this is her first work to enter a public museum collection outside of Scandinavia.

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Title
Girl with Blonde Hair
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
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Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert und monogrammiert unten rechts: 16 H S

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 with the help of numerous donations and contributions and the support of W. Winterstein. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Primary
  • 61BB2(TAMLANDER, Impi)11(+53) historical person (TAMLANDER, Impi) - BB - woman - historical person (TAMLANDER, Impi) portrayed alone (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31AA235(+4) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31D130 Maidenhood

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15.05.2019