Only two works by artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862 – 1946) have fetched higher bids at auctions in Finland.
Järnefelt, one of Finland’s most prominent painters, painted Pyykkiranta in 1889 in the town of Keuruu. It depicts washerwomen by a lakeside. [photo]
The work was bought on Saturday by businessman and art collector Anders Wiklöf. It will be part of the extensive art collection at his summer residence Andersudde, south of Mariehamn, the capital of Finland's autonomous island region of Åland.
Wiklöf’s art collection, which contains some of the best Finnish and Swedish art from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, is currently on display at the Amos Andersson Art Museum in Helsinki.
Photo of Pyykkiranta by Eero Järnefelt (Hagelstam)