01 elokuuta 2016

Artist of August - Maria Wiik

Innocentia 1900

Maria Wiik (1853-1928) was born in Helsinki and was one of the most beloved Finnish female painters in 1800. She lived in a time when the role of a female painter was not easy. 

Young girl 1886
Encouraged by her family, she studied art 1874-1875 at the Drawing School of Helsinki. In 1875, she continued her art studies in Paris under Tony Robert-Fleury at the Académie Julian from 1875 and in 1880 she became a substitute teacher at the Drawing School of Helsinki.

Sister Hilda Wiik 1880

Her early paintings accepted for the Paris Salon in 1880 were portraits. In 1881, she painted a series of small paintings with a more psychological atmosphere including minute details. In spring 1889, she returned to Paris with her friend, the painter Helene Schjerfbeck to work among others with Puvis de Chavannes. In 1883-1884, they painted in England and then in 1889 in St Ives.

Out into the World 1889

Her painting Out into the World won a bronze medal at the 1900 World Exposition and was included in the 1905 book Women Painters of the World.

Great photos of Wiik's paintings here.

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4 kommenttia:

  1. Oh that second picture of the child with the large soulful eyes. So beautiful. Isn't it great Riitta that we are educating each other about artists we know or from our own country. Thank you for joining in again my friend. B X

  2. Lovely to read about a painter that is completely new to me - she had such a gift for portraiture.

    1. There are so many great painters in different countries and all over the world! I tell gladly about ours. Wiik's paintings are really skilful.

  3. Such wonderful paintings what a talent Maria Wiik had. I love the painting of the child and also that of her sister Hilda, thank you for sharing these paintings with us:)


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