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Press release: Sketchbooks of Schjerfbeck, Edelfelt and Järnefelt published online


The sketchbooks of famous Finnish artists that are included in the collections of the Ateneum Art Museum can now be browsed online on the Finnish National Gallery’s Art Collections website. The most extensive collection of sketchbooks that has been added is a set of five sketchbooks of Helene Schjerfbeck that was donated to Ateneum by the Friends of Ateneum last autumn. The sketchbooks contain drawings from Schjerfbeck’s childhood, as well as sketches for her early works. They include drawings of animals, people and landscapes.

At the same time, thirty-one sketchbooks of seven other Finnish artists have now been published. They include numerous sketchbooks of Albert Edelfeltand Eero Järnefelt, as well as some belonging to Magnus Enckell, Ragnar Ekelund, Werner Holmberg, Maria Wiik and Ferdinand von Wright. The oldest are two sketchbooks of Werner Holmberg that date back to 1859 and 1860.

The collections of the Ateneum Art Museum include over 800 sketchbooks. Most of these sketchbooks have been conserved by the Conservation Department of the Finnish National Gallery and a part of them transferred to digital format by the Central Art Archives with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The work has been carried out within the scope of the cultural heritage digitalisation and forms part of the National Digital Library. The funding has helped preserve old and fragile sketchbooks, especially those belonging to artists of the 19th century, and enabled them to be published in digital format on the internet for public viewing.

The sketchbooks have been published on the Finnish National Gallery’s Art Collections online service at http://kokoelmat.fng.fi=> In English => Artworks.

Further information:

Siina Hälikkä, Coordinator, National Digital Library Project, Community Relations and Development Kehys, Finnish National Gallery, tel. +358 (0)40 674 3650, siina.halikka(at)fng.fi