Having posted images of our Alvar Aalto tea trolleys with pears used
depictions of pears in Helene Schjerfbeck's still lifes that I adore.
See here for my previous post on Schjerfbeck's self portraits.
Helene Schjerfbeck (July 10, 1862 – January 23, 1946)
was a Finnish painter. She is most widely known for her realist works and self-portraits, and less well known for her landscapes and still lifes. Throughout her long life, her work changed dramatically.
Her work starts with a dazzlingly skilled, somewhat melancholic version of late-19th-century academic realism…it ends with distilled, nearly abstract images in which pure paint and cryptic description are held in perfect balance.(Roberta Smith, New York Times, November 27th 1992)
|Helene Schjerfbeck, Three Pears on a Vase|
1945, oil on canvas, 23 x 31.5 cm
|Helene Schjerfbeck, Lily of the Valley in a Blue Vase II|
1929, oil on canvas, 35 x 22 cm
|Helene Schjerfbeck, Untitled|
1937, oil on canvas, 49 x 60 cm
|Helene Schjerfbeck, Green Still Life|
1930, oil on canvas, 33.5 x 50 cm
|Helene Schjerfbeck, Green Still Life Three Pears on a Vase|
1925-26, oil on canvas, 27.5 x 27.5 cm
|Helene Schjerfbeck, Green Self Portrait "Light and Shadows"|
1945, oil on canvas, 36 x 32 cm