Martta Wendelin (23 November 1893 – 1 March 1986) was a Finnish artist who illustrated fairy tales and children’s books, postcards, school educational books as well as magazine and book covers. She also illustrated approximately 650 Christmas cards between the years 1931 – 1963.
She created an image of the idyllic Finnish family. The cozy red cottages, birch trees, lakes and rural people, caring mothers and boldly working men are still part of the Finnish mindscape that Wendelin created.
Wendelin also painted landscapes, portraits and still lives. Her career peaked in the 1930’s, when the printing industry in Finland expanded rapidly. But by the later 1950’s, her drawings no longer had their former extent as magazines began to use photographs for illustrations rather than paintings.