The health of the artist was poor. She could not marry, gave up teaching and had an uneventful life in Finland with her mother. She remains attentive to modern art and favors after Cézanne the expressive colors instead of the line. After Lautrec, she likes to paint her canvas in pastel-like hues.
On December 16 in London, Sotheby's sells an oil on canvas 57 x 45 cm painted in 1916, lot 10 estimated £ 500K.
The sitter is a young neighbor of the artist in Hyvinkää, a quiet town famous for its sanatorium near Helsinki. She is reading with some attention. The diaphanous colors perfectly express the long blonde hair and the whiteness of the face of this young Scandinavian beauty.
This painting is a good example of the originality of the art of Schjerfbeck, halfway between empathy towards children and peaceful internalisation.
I invite you to watch the video shared by Sotheby's.
SOLD for £ 870K including premium