Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Elin Danielson-Gambogi

Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919) was a realist painter from Finland.

When she was still a pre-teen, her father faced financial ruin and he committed suicide. By age 15, she entered the Finnish Academy in Helsinki.

She went to Paris to study at the Académie Colarossi, and was inspired by the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage to capture the daily life of rural people. She traveled to Italy to paint and study.

Having grown up in a land where sun is scarce, she reveled in the beauty and warmth of sunlight.


Jim Douglas said...

Absolutely beautiful, intelligent & moving paintings. I'm continuously shocked by the quality of art & artists neglected by popular art histories. Thank you for shining the searchlight, Jim. May God bless the unrecognized artists of yesterday & today toiling for beauty and for beauty alone. May they find satisfaction within themselves if nowhere else.

"If a man love the labour of any trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him."
--Robert Louis Stevenson, from his "Letter to a Young Gentleman Who Proposes to Embrace the Career of Art"
Link to full essay text below:

Steve said...

Ditto Jim Douglas’s comment. Once again, thanks for introducing us to a painter whose work I might otherwise have missed.