Elin Danielson-Gambogi

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Elin Danielson-Gambogi
Elin Danielson-Gambogi.jpg
Self-portrait, 1903.
Elin Kleopatra Danielson

(1861-09-03)3 September 1861
Died31 December 1919(1919-12-31) (aged 58)
Known forPainting
MovementNaturalism (arts) and Realism

Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi (3 September 1861 – 31 December 1919) was a Finnish painter, best known for her realist works and portraits. Danielson-Gambogi was part of the first generation of Finnish women artists who received professional education in art, the so-called "painter sisters' generation". The group also included Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946). [1][2]


Elin Danielson was born in the small village of Noormarkku, near the city of Pori in Western Finland. At the age of 15 she moved to Helsinki and started studying in the Academy of Fine Arts where her teachers included Carl Eneas Sjöstrand (1828–1906) and Hjalmar Munsterhjelm (1840-1905). In 1878, Danielson started courses with Adolf von Becker (1831–1909). [3][4] [5]

In 1883 she left for Paris. She took lessons at the Académie Colarossi under Gustave Courtois (1852– 1923) and painted in Brittany during the summertime. A few years later she returned to Finland and lived with her relatives in Noormarkku and Pori. In 1888 she opened an atelier in Noormarkku. During the 1880s and 1890s she also worked as a teacher in several art schools around Finland.[6][7]

In 1895, she received a scholarship and traveled to Florence, Italy. A year later she moved to the village of Antignano and married an Italian painter, Raffaello Gambogi (1874–1943). They had exhibitions in Paris, Florence and Milan and in many Finnish cities, and their paintings were also included in the 1900 World's Fair in Paris. Elin Danielson-Gambogi died of pneumonia at Antignano and was buried in Livorno.[8] Danielson-Gambogi was included in the 2018 exhibit Women in Paris 1850-1900.[9]



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  2. ^ "Helene Schjerfbeck". Biografiskt lexikon för Finland. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Carl Eneas Sjöstrand". Biografiskt lexikon för Finland. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Munsterhjelm, Magnus Hjalmar". Nordisk familjebok. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Adolf von Becker". lahteilla. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Elin Danielson-Gambogi". awarewomenartists.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Académie Colarossi". tfsimon.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Giovanna Bacci di Capaci Conti, translated by: Catherine Biggerstaff. "Elin Danielson Gambogi". Galleria d'Arte Bacci di Capaci. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Madeline, Laurence (2017). Women artists in Paris, 1850-1900. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300223934.

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