The Subtle Brilliance of This “Rediscovered” Female Artist

The effervescent Helene Schjerfbeck

Christopher P Jones

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Self-portrait with Black Background (1915) by Helene Schjerfbeck. Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland. Image source WikiArt

The artist Helene Schjerfbeck (roughly pronounced “sharf-beck”) has the appeal of not only being recently “rediscovered”, but also on closer investigation demonstrates how great painters possess a restless appetite for transformation.

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