JUNE 9–SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
Ateljé Uno Rosendahl / Museiverket, Elin Danielson-Gambogi, before 1920
Elin Danielson-Gambogi (Finnish, 1861–1919), Girl with Kittens in a Summer Landscape, 1892. Oil on canvas, 43 1/4 x 54 in. UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation, Helsinki, UKK S56. Photo: © UPM Kymmene Cultural Foundation, Helsinki. Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Elin Danielson-Gambogi began her training in the Finnish Art Society Drawing School in Helsinki. In 1883 she received a grant to travel to Paris, enrolling in the Académie Colarossi. She studied painting under Gustave Courtois as well as sculpture with Auguste Rodin. In her work, Danielson focused on women and daily life, as well as landscapes inspired by summers in Brittany. In 1895 she received a grant to travel to Florence, where she soon returned and married the Italian painter Raffaello Gambogi. She obtained some success in Italy, and one of her paintings was purchased by King Umberto I, but her marriage soon deteriorated, and she was unable to return to Finland before her death.
A fully illustrated catalogue, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, has been published by the American Federation of Arts and Yale University Press. Along with an art-historical overview by curator Laurence Madeline, the catalogue includes essays by Jane R. Becker, collections management associate, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Richard Kendall, former curator at large, Clark Art Institute; Bridget Alsdorf, associate professor, History of Art, Princeton University; and Vibeke Hansen, curator, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo.