Hugo Simberg (Finnish, 1873-1917)
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Hugo Simberg (Finnish, 1873-1917)


Hugo Simberg (Finnish, 1873-1917)
signed 'Hugo Simberg' (lower right)
oil on canvas
10 x 12½ in. (25.4 x 31.8 cm.)
Painted in the 1890s
Blenda Simberg, Helsinki (the artist's sister), a gift from the artist. President Risto Ryti, Helsinki (President of Finland from 1940-1944).
Dr. P. Soisalo, Helsinki, a gift from the above in the late 1940s for treatment received whilst in prison and thence by descent to the present owner.
S. Saarikivi, Hugo Simberg, Elämä ja tuotanto, Helsinki, 1948, no. 513.
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Lot Essay

Winter was painted in Karelia in the 1890s, or possibly in the winter of 1900, which Simberg spent in the village of Kuukauppi in Antrea, a region of Karelia, working on a commission of 18 etchings for the Kymin paper mills. 'Months of painstaking labour with the etching needle seem to have left their mark on Simberg's oil paintings of that period. It was then that he painted a series of landscapes with an exquisitely fine brush, executing them with impeccable technical command and delicate treatment of light' (Anja Olavinen, exh. cat Hugo Simberg, Ateneum, Helsinki, Feb.-May 2000, p. 82).

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