|Still life with Vegetables and Fish|
Fanny Churberg born 1845 in Finland. Died 1892 in Finland. Churberg's painting career ended suddenly in 1880 at the age of 35 for reasons much speculated about. She had produced approximately 300 paintings in that time.
Unlike many painters who moved to France or Italy, Churberg painted scenes of Finland after training in Germany and France.
What attracted me to this artist is the fact that she is Finnish. Michigan's Upper Peninsula attracted many Finish immigrants. Some attribute it to the fact that the iron and copper mines were hiring when Finnish immigrants were leaving Finland. Others claim that the Upper Peninsula reminded them of home.
The truth is probably somewhere between the two reasons. Few immigrants "shopped" for where they settled. More likely, the Finns ended up in the Upper Peninsula because long winters and extreme, rural isolation were not as terrifying to the Finns as it was to immigrants from the Mediterranean and from big cities.
With respect to the landscape? I think Coyote Ken will attest that many of these landscapes look like Ontonagon County with their glacier-polished boulders.
A final reason I like Churberg's paintings is because they provide a road-map should Grand Solar Minimum be a future reality.
Churberg did not paint oranges and pears and figs and 3 pound clusters of grapes. She planted what grew in Finland. Forage crops and livestock. Cabbages and kin. Potatoes and onions. Fish.
It worked then. It would work again.
Note from the management: I was thrilled by the response I got from the gardeners in last week's Fine Art Tuesday. Please chime in again, especially those of you in Canada, Alaska and other challenging places to grow food.
Also, I appreciate suggestions for artists to look at. Today's artist was suggested by Lucas Machias in Nova Scotia. Thank-you Lucas.
---Video of Finland landscape suggested by Coyote Ken---