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.