PORTRAIT: ELLEN THESLEFF
MATERIAL: Acrylic on cardboard
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
Original painting is AVAILABLE in my shop // ART PRINTS coming in April 2021
“I paint like a God” Ellen Thesleff
ELLEN THESLEFF – THE ARTIST
Ellen Thesleff (1869 – 1954) was Finnish expressionist painter born in Kuopio. She was the eldest daughter of five siblings. Her father was an amateur painter and her first art teacher. Ellen is regarded as one of the leading Finnish modernist painters. She travelled to Firenze several times in her career. The colors of the Italian nature were present in her art.
My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken of her 1955.
ELLEN THESLEFF AND ME
Besides being almost namesakes – Ellen and Elli – I adore her paintings. In my Uhanalaiset – Endangered series in 2015 I made an adaptation of Thesleff’s award winning painting “Kaiku” / Eng. “Echo”. She painted it 1891. She was only 22-years-old at the time.
Mine is called “Echo From Amur” and instead of a girl it featured endangered Amur Leopard. It was one of my personal favourites from the series.