Hugo Simberg was a Finnish painter born in 1873 and who died in 1917. His style of painting was very influenced by other ‘Symbolism’ painters of that time. Hugo actually started the sketches for this famous painting as early as 1898 but he did not complete it until the Spring, Summer of 1903.
He was very sick with meningitis and spent a lot of time in hospital, so that is why the painting took a long time to be finished.
Hugo first took photographs of his models in the studio and then later in Elaintarha Park in Helsinki, Finland. Unbelievably, the path shown in his painting still exists today along the shore of Töölönlahti Bay. He had not given a name to the painting until he entered it in to the Finnish Art Society annual Autumn Show, but some people think the painting is symbolic of him when he was so sick.
n 1904, Hugo Simberg was awarded a State Prize for his art and then he was commissioned to paint the frescoes in the Tampere Cathedral. He actually painted a larger version of his ‘Wounded Angel’ as part of the frescoes.
In 2007, a Finnish poll voted ‘The Wounded Angel’ the most loved painting in The Ateneum Art Collections, and I am sure you will see why. It is a very haunting painting and very much loved by children that view it. I am sure you will love it too.
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