Helene's father gave her a pencil and Helene began to draw at the age of four while she was recovering from a broken hip...at eleven she won a drawing scholarship to the Finnish Art Society, the youngest student to ever attend the school.
A grant from the Finnish government enabled her to visit Paris, launching her on extended travels around Europe, from Pont-Aven, Concarmeau in Brittany to Florence, limited only by her lameness and associated health problems.
In 1902 she moved to the village of Hyvvinka, twenty-five miles north of Helsinki. She died in a sanatorium in Helsinki in 1946.
Image: Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) - Landscape at Hyvvinki, 1914, oil paint and charcoal on canvas board, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.