|Dancing Shoes, 1882, Helene Schjerfbeck
|A Boy Feeding his Younger Sister,
1881, Helene Schjerfbeck
The years of her life began in 1862. Helene Schjerfbeck was born the daughter of a Helsinki office manager. When she was four years old she fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her hip. It did not heal correctly, causing her to walk with a limp; the pain preventing her from attending school for the rest of her life. However, home-schooled, she found plenty of time to hone her childhood drawing skills. At age eleven, she was enrolled in The Finish Art Society Drawing School where she came to the attention of her drawing instructor, Adolf von Becker, who shepherded her through his drawing school and later the University of Helsinki. Helene's father died of tuberculosis when she was fourteen. A professor at the university paid her tuition while von Becker, himself, not only taught her drawing, but French as well (a very important skill for an art student at the time). Even while a student, Helene began winning prizes with her work.
|Portrait of a Girl, 1886,
|Portrait of a Girl, ca. 1945,
|The Convalescent, 1888, Helene Schjerfbeck. It was a role she knew well.
|Girl from Eydtkuhnen II, 1927,
|Mother and Child, ca. 1945 Helene Schjerfbeck