In the age of the selfie, her engagement with masks and masquerade — the superficial appearance we present to the world and what lies beneath — is more relevant than ever. In her later years, she left the Finnish capital for a quieter life that allowed her to concentrate on her work. But she was never one to follow the crowd and forged her own path. Talented and widely travelled, Schjerfbeck found artistic success at a young age. When she was just 13, her father died from tuberculosis and her family fell further into poverty.
Kalani. Age: 31.
As we introduce the Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck to British audiences, painter Ian McKeever RA reflects on her searing self-portraits; works that changed the way he viewed both art and himself.
Judith. Age: 23.
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Nonetheless, keeping in touch with artist friends and the seismic shifts in modern art, she produced some of her most raw and radically abstracted paintings in these years. While in England, her work was exhibited in a gallery on Piccadilly in London, close to where the Royal Academy of Arts still stands today. Large-print guide Download a large-print guide to the exhibition.