|Elin Danielson-Gambogi "Self Portrait, Sun" 1900|
Ateneumin Taidemuseo, Helsinki, Finland
Danielson-Gambogi quickly earned prominent status in Finnish art circles, which was unusual for an artist of her gender at that time. She was seen as a kind of female Akseli Gallen-Kallela; "the fluency and sureness of her brush is at times astonishing to have come from a woman's hand," praised the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper. While highly regarded as an artist, Danielson-Gambogi ran into difficulties negotiating the "office politics" of the Finnish Art Society's School, where she was teaching by the late 1880's. She left Finland for Italy in 1895, and Italy soon became her second home.
|Raffaelo Gambogi "La Pittrice: Portrait of Elin Danielson-Gambogi"|
The artistst's husband Raffaelo Gambogi (1874-1942) painted this charming sketch of his wife at the easel. Raffaelo Gambogi met Elin Danielson while he was studying art in Florence. The couple married in 1898.