Victor Westerholm

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Victor Westerholm in his studio
Riverside near Mustio

Victor Axel Westerholm (4 January 1860 – 19 November 1919) was a Finnish landscape painter.


Victor Axel Westerholm was born in Finland on 4 January 1860, at Nagu island in Turku archipelago, the son of Vicor Westerholm, a ship's master, and Maria Westerholm (née Andersson). From 1869 to 1878 he studied at the Finnish Art Society's Drawing School in Turku, under Robert W. Ekman and T. Waenerberg; and as a young man he studied under Eugen Dücker in Düsseldorf (1878-1880). Much later he studied under Jules Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian in Paris (1888 and 1890).[1]

In 1888 he became a teacher at the school of the Society of Art in Turku, and in 1891 became the director of the Turku art museum.[1]

He often painted winter landscapes and sunsets in the archipelago of Åland, where he had his summer residence.[1]

In 1886, he invited several artists to his summer home, "Tomtebo", close to Lemström Canal in the municipality Lemland, Åland, thus beginning a famous artists' colony there.[2] In the Ålandic village of Önningeby there is a museum located in memory of the colony.

Westerholm died at Turku on 19 November 1919.


  1. ^ a b c The International Studio, v. 33 No. 130 – December, 1907. edited by Charles Holme, Guy Eglinton, Peyton Boswell, William Bernard McCormick, Henry James Whigham. Victor Westerholm, Finnish Landscape Painter. Google Books
  2. ^ " – The Önningeby colony". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-11-04.

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