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Unseen works on show at Schjerfbeck anniversary exhibition

The largest-ever exhibition of the work of Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck opens today at Helsinki's Ateneum Art Museum.

Helene Schjerfbeckin näyttely Ateneumissa.
Helene Schjerfbeckin töitä on esillä Ateneumissa. Image: Jenni Nurminen / Valtion taidemuseo

The show marks the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth, and contains more than 300 paintings. Nearly half of the works on display are from private collections, including many that have never been shown in public.

”This exhibition offers tens of new works that people have never seen, even those that think they have been to every Schjerfbeck exhibition,” said curator Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse.

A few years ago, one of Schjerfbeck's paintings was auctioned in London for the highest price ever paid for a Finnish work of art, nearly four million euros.

The exhibition is open from Friday until 14 October.

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