The Schjerfbeck Collection

Helene Schjerfbeck was Ane Gyllenbergs favourite artist

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) is one of the most famous Finnish artists of all time. Her paintings are highly regarded in both Finland and abroad.

Fête juive (1883) was Ane Gyllenberg’s first Schjerfbeck purchase. He bought the painting from his friend, art dealer Gösta Stenman, in the 1930’s. During the following years, Ane Gyllenberg bought several works by Schjerfbeck, and he even sent her letters to get more information about the paintings.

Some of the works he bought were exchanged or sold later on, and some were inherited by Signe and Ane Gyllenberg's children. In 1977, by the time of the death of both Ane and Signe Gyllenberg, the art collection consisted of 380 works, and 26 of these were painted by Helene Schjerfbeck. Several works have been acquired since then, and today the museum’s collection boasts a total of 38 paintings by this remarkable painter. The earliest are from the 1870’s and the latest from 1945.

Most of our Schjerfbeck paintings are permanently on display in the museum. Fête juive (in the picture) still hangs on the same wall as it did during the time when the Gyllenbergs lived in the Villa.

Book a guided tour by sending e-mail to villa@gyllenbergs.fi.