01 syyskuuta 2016

Artist of September - Martta Wendelin

Source of all Wendelin's illustrations - Alternative Finland 
Martta Wendelin (1893-1986) was maybe the most famous media person of her time. She is known mainly for her illustrations in post cards, Christmas cards, magazine covers, book covers... Her art actually filled the Finnish visual world at that time.


The world Wendelin described is very idyllic - a paradise that does not exist in the real world. Men and women have clear roles. The women are usually 20-30 years old and they have max 3 children. The men are handsome lumberjacks or farmers. The life is happy and beautiful but modest. Small girls pick up flowers, the boys practise wilder things and skiing. The persons don't get old, there are no old people in the world of Wendelin.


Kotiliesi was the most popular women's magazine and
Wendelin illustrated its covers for years

We Finns love Wendelin's work. They are idyllic and nostalgic, they comfort us with their imaginary paradise. I found this great site - Alternative Finland - my photos except that one below are from that site. Please look her fascinating art!

Even today we can by her Christmas cards and calendars. She is so beloved, one of our iconic artists.

1930s scenery from Helsinki - Source

Linking with
Barbara's Paint monthly / Coastal Ripples

Five on Friday / Love made my Home
There are 5 photos :)
I think this might interest Amy's group!

Hope you enjoyed - have a good start for September!


39 kommenttia :

  1. Wendelin looks like a fascinating lady. What a lovely utopian world she created. I love the cartoon style drawings and the lovely colours. Thank you for linking again Riitta. B x

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    1. Her illustrations are so beloved here. Glad you enjoyed - there is an unlimited number of unknown great artists all around the world!

      Poista
  2. What lovely images, dearest Riitta, thank you for sharing them with us on this first day of September, filling my heart with gladness !
    I so love this period of the year, between Summer and Fall ... the temperatures more enjoyable, the colours it brings, make my heart sing !

    Sending much love to you,
    with utmost gratitude

    Xx Dany

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    1. Thank you my dear Dany 💕 I'm wishing too bright beautiful autumn days with sparkling leaf colors...
      Wishing you a great week.

      Poista
  3. Hänen työnsä tunnistaa heti. Kiva postaus!

    VastaaPoista
  4. Excelente trabalho e belas pinturas.
    Um abraço.
    Andarilhar

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    1. Muchas gracias por visitar y comentar - buen fin de semana!

      Poista
  5. So nice and sweet. I like the picture with the girl fetching water from the lake.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. They are so nostalgic! Thank you for visiting Jedidja!

      Poista
  6. What beautiful illustrations.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. They are - have a lovely weekend Eileen!

      Poista
  7. The pictures seem to show a time gone by, seen in children's book illustrations. Thanks for sharing Riitta.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. She is a pretty famous... Enjoy your weekend Karen.

      Poista
  8. What wonderful paintings. I specially like the landscape near Helsinki.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. I agree - the landscape is gorgeous - different style...

      Poista
  9. It is so exciting to view this post! Thank you for introducing me to Wendelin's beautiful work. Just as I have pursued more training in watercolor painting and have in fact painted a rooster this week, it is inspiring to enjoy viewing the work of one who has masterly skill! xx

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed and found this post useful in your own art. Enjoy your weekend Gracie.

      Poista
  10. I love this post. I always enjoy learning about women artists. I can see why Martta Wendelin is so beloved. Have a wonderful weekend!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. I have tried to present on purpose female artists! Glad you liked Snap!

      Poista
  11. The word which comes to mind is "Charming". I would have liked to have known this lady. I feel she was a gentle soul with a warm heart.

    VastaaPoista
  12. I'm not surprised that admire the works of Wendel.
    They are very beautiful. I also like.
    Greetings.
    Lucja

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    1. Thank you Lucia-Maria for your lovely comment. Have a nice weekend!

      Poista
  13. Perhaps she was painting the world as she wanted it to be - that idyllic life appeals in so many ways, doesn't it? Life seems simpler. They are wonderful images. Happy weekend, Riitta.

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    1. So true Lorrie - life is pretty complicated nowadays.

      Poista
  14. Fascinating images and info on Wendelin And I love the colours she used. It is so interesting to find out about female artists.

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    1. It's so great that Barbara hosts this Paint Monthly!

      Poista
  15. Beautiful work, a place that most people would enjoy living in.

    VastaaPoista
  16. Hello. It was fascinating to learn about Wendelin. I love her style of painting and how her surroundings are reflected in her paintings. Thank you so much for this lovely post. Pat xx

    VastaaPoista
  17. What beautiful pictures, I love the palette and tones of colours she uses through them. Who does not crave their idea of a perfect world, Wendelin is lucky in that she can capture hers in such captivating paintings. Thank you for sharing.
    Five on Friday

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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    1. @ Janet
      @ Lilly's Mom
      @ Angela --- I'm so glad you enjoyed this post!

      Poista
  18. Lovely soft colours. I particularly like the last one of the five. I hadn't heard of this artist so thank you for sharing the ilustrations in this post:)

    VastaaPoista
  19. Five beautiful images indeed!! I love that you linked this post to Barbara too, I have learned so much about different artists from the links to her posts each month. These pictures remind me of the work of Tove Johansson (not sure if that is spelt correctly!) who is also Finnish. Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

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    1. She is called Tove Jansson Amy. Glad you liked the post - have a lovely weekend.

      Poista
  20. I absolutely adore Ms. Wendelin's artwork! Thank you so much for sharing. I had never seen her work before, and I love illustrative art! I will check out the webpage.

    VastaaPoista
  21. I love artwork like this with bold colours especially the chicken with her chicks. A lovely five xx

    VastaaPoista
  22. Interesting! I just purchased a post card in Michigan that looked very much like the artist Wendelin that I had to get up and go have a look! No such luck. I love post cards. I use them to hang or decorate with as reminders of fun vacations. Thanks for sharing.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. @ Marie
      @ Chel
      @ Cindy --- I'm so glad you enjoyed the post!

      Poista

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