Last February I visited the exhibition 'Northern Stars, Southern Lights' of Finnish artists at the National Gallery of Ireland. My absolute favorite artist of the exhibition was the stunning Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck, of whom the following three pictures were shown:


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Self portrait, 1912.

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Girl on the sand, 1912.
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The seamstress
, 1903.

I think Girl on the sand was by far the best painting in the exhibition. In reality the colours are much more intense than you can see in this picture. And the portrait, with that disturbing look of ther two-coloured eyes and the stormy background, isn't it fantastic?