Ellen Thesleff’s groundbreaking art and courageous life as an e-book

Ellen Thesleff / Photo: Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland

HAM Helsinki Art Museum’s collections include key works by Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954). Most of them were donated to the museum as part of the Katarina and Leonard Bäcksbacka collection. Last year (2019) marked the 150th anniversary of Ellen Thesleff’s birth. To celebrate the anniversary, HAM Helsinki Art Museum published a book featuring all of the works by Ellen Thesleff in the collections of the City of Helsinki, HAM Helsinki Art Museum and Helsinki City Museum for the first time. These images of the works are presented alongside images from private collections connected closely to the artist’s heirs or the Bäcksbacka collection. The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland also provided some archive images for the book. The texts for the publication were written by Hanna-Reetta Schreck.

In addition to this, you now have the chance to relive the atmosphere of the hugely popular exhibition Ellen Thesleff – I Paint Like a God held at HAM last year.

Ellen Thesleff eBook