Eero Nelimarkka

Eero Nelimarkka (1891–1977) studied art and built his career as an artist in the 1910s and ‘20s. Like most artists of his generation, he experimented with new styles, as witnessed by sudden shifts in his oeuvre. He abandoned his 1910s reductivism in a favour of a more painterly style in the early 1920s, rendering forms with generously visible brushstrokes.

Nelimarkka is famous for his iconic landscapes immortalizing the flatlands of Ostrobothnia. This exhibition highlights not his landscapes, but his early works, which were inspired by new Parisian art movements and his cosmopolitan life in the French capital. His subjects – self-portraits, evocative still-lifes, interiors and portraits – reflect the inner world of a young man in the formative stages of building his identity.

One of the rooms in the gallery presents works by Nelimarkka’s close colleagues dating from the same era. These paintings are from HAM’s Bäcksbacka Collection.

The exhibition was curated by Riitta Ojanperä, PhD. It forms part of a series of exhibitions presenting Finnish art history scholarship.

Get started Exhibition at hamhelsinki.fi

Eero Nelimarkka

Eero Nelimarkka (1891–1977) studied art and built his career as an artist in the 1910s and ‘20s. Like most artists of his generation, he experimented with new styles, as witnessed by sudden shifts in his oeuvre. He abandoned his 1910s reductivism in a favour of a more painterly style in the early 1920s, rendering forms with generously visible brushstrokes.

Nelimarkka is famous for his iconic landscapes immortalizing the flatlands of Ostrobothnia. This exhibition highlights not his landscapes, but his early works, which were inspired by new Parisian art movements and his cosmopolitan life in the French capital. His subjects – self-portraits, evocative still-lifes, interiors and portraits – reflect the inner world of a young man in the formative stages of building his identity.

One of the rooms in the gallery presents works by Nelimarkka’s close colleagues dating from the same era. These paintings are from HAM’s Bäcksbacka Collection.

The exhibition was curated by Riitta Ojanperä, PhD. It forms part of a series of exhibitions presenting Finnish art history scholarship.

Get started Exhibition at hamhelsinki.fi
1 Eero Nelimarkka: Omakuva, 1914 © Yksityiskokoelma / Kuva: Hanna Kukorelli

Self-portraits

Nelimarkka’s self-portraits offer a glimpse into his stylistic evolution.

2 Eero Nelimarkka: Sinipukuinen tyttö, 1915 © Yksityiskokoelma / Kuva: Hanna Kukorelli

Portraits

A keen interest in the study of people and their distinctive personality features.

5 Perhe-tematiikkaa näyttelyssä © HAM / Kuva: Maija Toivanen

Family

Marriage and children were cherished dreams alongside artistic ambitions.