Sunday, 26 August 2012

I just found this lovely painter!

Elin Danielson Gambogi came from a farming background in Finland.
Her father committed suicide but although  this made the family hard up she was able to get an art education.
She studied in Paris and Italy.

 Eventually aged thirty six she married Gambogi who was thirteen years her junior
These delicate domestic pictures are delightful.
The couple had no children and she continued to paint after her marriage which was not often the case for women artists .Karen Larsson for instance gave up her career to be a full time mother although she put her talents into textile design and needlework.
I particularly like this self portrait which shows her beauty and character and a hint of humour.
I love the intimacy of this painting of the women reading and sewing together.
While they were living in Italy Gambogi had an affair and Elin left him ,she went back to Finland.It was the first sign of a mental health problem in her husband.
She continued to paint.
Another self portrait
Later the couple tried to mend their marriage and when it became clear that her husband's illness
was worsening she returned  and cared for him.
I like this composition and  and the haze of the beach.
She treats her subjects with delicacy.
This little girl reminds me of my friend Karen. 
 She died in1919 of pneumonia.
The couple in the lamplight intrigue me,what is he playing to her?
Elin's work has moved me and I would like to find out more about her but I can only come up with very basic facts.A biography is needed!


  1. What a find - I have never heard of her. She catches her subject and the light beautifully - especially in the one with the chap reading the newspaper.

    1. Yes and she seems an intriguing woman who lived a very interesting life. In those days it was so difficult for a woman to dedicate herself to her work.

  2. How delightful, I love it all.

    1. Thanks Kath,hope you are not getting washed away in Glast.It is really wet here.

  3. Quadri veramente molto belli, Angela.
    Mi piace molto il suo autoritratto, ha uno sguardo molto dolce.
    Un bacione cara Angela
    Love Susy x

  4. Here you can read a bit more:

    A small facebook-group:!/groups/232773672970/

  5. See also

    1. Thankyou so much for those site ,I am about to have a look at them.All the best Angela

  6. I love the day to day life she has painted so beautifully yet casually. I especially love the landscape - a very happy picture and the one with the man and the woman. Thanks for the joyful paintings Angela. Cheers, Ruby

  7. I can't believe I'm not familiar with her and I'm Finnish! What a shame. Thanks for the post, I enjoy the paintings a lot too and am inspired by the skirts and dresses. Beautiful! :)

    1. Thanks for that Bhakti. Sorry not to have replied sooner but I was away in London!

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  13. Angela, perhaps you could gather enough information about this lovely lady and write a book. The world needs to be able to get to know her.