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Ellen Thesleff: The Kiss of the Sun – A virtual tour

The Kiss of the Sun, an exhibition of paintings by Ellen Thesleff currently at the Oulu Museum of Art, is now available as a virtual tour from the comfort of your home.  All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet connection to take the virtual tour consisting of a number of 360 degree panorama scenes. The tour includes an audio guide by curator Hanna-Reetta Schreck. The virtual tour is available from until 31 May 2020, and is free of charge for everyone. Step in and start the virtual tour.

Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954) lived for her art, and her art lives on as rich, elaborate and emancipated as it ever was. Thesleff was one of Finland’s first expressionists and remains one of the most important painters of the Nordic countries. She was a pioneer in a time when female artists found it hard to become recognised regardless of the artistic quality of their work. Thesleff’s painting style was — and remains to this day — striking, independent, headstrong and free. She was a short-haired radical who did what she wanted and lived for her art. She painted in a men’s world, and often men’s subjects: women, landscapes, and in the later stages of her career also abstract visions. Sunkiss illustrates in a captivating way how the zeitgeist, the artist’s life abroad and the international influence were reflected in her art in different decades. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with HAM – Helsinki Art Museum.

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