The Wounded Angel

1903 127 x 154cm oil, canvas

Hugo Simberg would never explain his works. When asked to do so he simply said, that each person could see whatever he wished to see in them. He hoped, that they would touch Peoples innermost feelings, that they would make people cry in their heart of hearts. When Simberg first exhibited The Wounded Angel (1903) he put a stroke in place of a title in the catalogue. Even the slightest hint as to the works content would have seemed to openly Suggestive. Simberg painted The Wounded Angel after a difficult and long illness lasting a whole winter. The work has been seen as the artists allegorical story of victory through hardship. Then again, the earliest sketches for the painting were made before the illness. In any case, the painting had great significance for Simberg himself. When planning his largest commission, the paintings of Tampere cathedral, he included the two works that were closest to him in there. The Garden of death and The Wounded Angel

We chose this painting because…

When painted this painting (1903) after a long, difficult illness. That’s why the painting had a great significance for Simberg himself. He hoped, that the painting would touch people’s innermost feelings. The work has been seen the artists allegorical story of victory through hardship. Hugo Simberg couldn’t ever explain his works. When asked to do so he simply said, that each person could see whatever he wished in them. The painting has been a decoration of Tampere cathedral. This painting is a part of Finnish art history.

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