Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Dancing Shoes 1882
The Dancing Shoes 1882 was sold for nearly GBP 3.05 million, or about EUR 3.9 million at Sotheby’s auction house in London and it is thus the most expensive Finnish painting ever sold in auction
The painting depicts Schjerfbeck’s cousin Ester Lupander preparing for a dance.
The artist painted two more versions of the same subject. .
Helene Schjerfbeck: Dancing shoes 1939 or 1940
Helene Schjerfbeck is one of the most famous artists in Finland and Scandinavia. She was born 1862 in Helsinki, at the age of four she had an accident and injured her hip.This had serious consequences, which would affect her life and artistry. As a convalescent she spent much time painting and drawing.
At the age of 11, she was accepted to an art school, as her talent was early discovered.
As a young artist she had the opportunity to study and paint in France and England. In the beginning her style was realistic, but as time passed and moving into the 20th century, Helene developed a very characteristic modern style.