Hjalmar Munsterhjelm

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Hjalmar Munsterhjelm
Hjalmar Munsterhjelm.jpg
Photo of Hjalmar Munsterhjelm (about 1890)
Born(1840-10-19)October 19, 1840
DiedApril 2, 1905(1905-04-02) (aged 64)
ResidenceRussian Empire, Finland
EducationMember Academy of Arts (1874)[1]
Known forPainting

Magnus Hjalmar Munsterhjelm (19 October 1840 – 2 April 1905) was a Swedish-Finnish landscape painter. [2]


Munsterhjelm was born at Toivoniemi Manor of Tuulos, Finland. He was the son of Gustaf Riggert Munsterhjelm (1806-1872) and his wife and Mathilda Charlotta Eleonora von Essen (1818-1895). His father first sent him to the Turku Maritime School. In the early 1860s, he studied art at Düsseldorf with Werner Holmberg (1830-1860) and Oswald Achenbach (1827-1905)and at Karlsruhe under Hans Gude. [3] [4]

His painted landscapes were influenced by the romanticism of the Düsseldorf school, often featuring nature as a mood rather than a realistic subject. His landscape "October Evening in the Archipelago after First Snow, 1883" was purchased by Alexander III in 1885; the painting is now in the Ateneum in Helsinki. [5][2]

Two of his works, "The Evening, in Finland" and "The Night" were displayed at the Exposition Universelle (1878) in Paris.[6] His work "Evening of the First Spring" was on display at the Exposition Universelle (1900) in Paris as part of the Russian section.[7][2]

Personal life[edit]

Munsterhjelm became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in 1897. He was the father of sculptor John Munsterhjelm (1879–1925). Munsterhjelm died during 1905 in Helsinki.[8]

Selected paintings[edit]


  1. ^ Directory of the Imperial Academy of Arts 1915, p. 134.
  2. ^ a b c "Munsterhjelm, Hjalmar (1840 - 1905)". kansallisbiografia. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Werner Holmberg". Biografiskt lexikon för Finland. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Frode Ernst Haverkamp. "Hans Gude". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Hjalmar Munsterhjelm: October Evening in the Archipelago after First Snow, 1883". www.ateneum.fi. Ateneum Art Museum. 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Divers (1878). Catalogue de la section russe à l'Exposition universelle de Paris [Catalogue of the Russian section at the Universal Exhibition of Paris] (in French). Paris: Lahure. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  7. ^ L. Baschet (Editor) (1900). Catalogue officiel illustré de l'exposition décennale des beaux-arts de 1889 à 1900 / Exposition universelle de 1900 [Official illustrated catalog of the decennial exhibition of Fine Arts from 1889 to 1900/1900 Universal Exhibition] (in French). Paris: impr. Lemercier (Paris). Retrieved June 12, 2014.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Munsterhjelm, John". uppslagsverket. Retrieved January 1, 2019.

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