Sunday, July 20, 2014

Adolf von Becker

A Mother's Joy (Maternal Happiness)
oil on canvas
68 x 53 cm
Ateneum Hall, Finish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Adolf von Becker (1831-1909), a realist painter and professor in Finland. After completing a law degree in 1853, he became a Court of Appeal student teacher. He worked in that profession for a while, but he was inspired by the countryside when drawing, and came about to study the art at Copenhagen. He graduated from the Academy in Copenhagen.

He was one of the first Finnish artists to receive training in France. In Paris he was a pupil of the realist innovator Gustave Courbet. He opened his own school in Finland where he taught painters such as Helene Schjerfbeck, Albert Edelfelt and Akseli Gallen-Kallela. He described his work, including women, often, however, so that the women were part of the space, and do not directly the subject of painting.