Helene Schjerfbeck

c. 1934

Oil on canvas.

35,0 cm x 31,0 cm.

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) painted this bouquet of pink camellias in 1934. She executed the painting using only a handful of earthy tones, from which the bright flowers and their dark-green leaves stand out. Like other still lifes from the latter part of the artist’s career, this painting is highly stylised. The camellia blossoms are depicted as two-dimensional, varying colour fields, while the vase is basically a single line. The background is a uniform, grey-toned surface.