Client: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Kerber Verlag

Project: Art publication accompanying the Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt

Helene Schjerfbeck is one of Finlands most famous artists. In this exhibition, curated by Carolin Köchling, emphasis was Schjerfbecks way of working with surfaces and using different kinds of images as ”models”. The images she copied came partly from fashion magazines of the early 1920s.

In the same way as Schjerfbeck used magazine images from her time as models for her paintings we wanted to do the same for the cover of this monograph; making a contemporary cover image from one of her paintings. A book cover illustrating her self confidence.

The cover image is screen printed on a shimmery gray (reminiscent of the original painting). We chose a soft magazine format, altering Garda Gloss for the text pages and Garda Phat natural toned for the plate sections. Inside a five color printing with red as an accent color. Schjerfbeck often used accent colors herself.