Sunday, July 10, 2011

Martta Wendelin 14.6.1993

My Dear friend Pia sent me this fabulous FDC issued on 14.06.1993 commemorating Martta Wendelin, who was one of the most influential Finnish illustrators. Through several decades, her drawings, idealizing the Finnish rural landscape and harmonious family life, offered a model for the good life and a set of values including modesty, industriousness and love for her home country. Among others, Martta Wendelin illustrated children's books, textbooks, magazine covers and book covers. She designed posters and drew some one thousand postcards that today have become popular collector's items. She also worked in oil and pastel. The Martta Wendelin Society has catalogued some 400 original paintings of hers.
In 1993, marking the centennial of Martta Wendelin's birth, Finland Post issued a stamp booklet comprising five stamps illustrated with her art from the 1930s. Wendelin was born in 1893. She was educated artist, taught by well-known Finnish artists Eero Järnefelt and Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Wendelin is particularly known for her illustrations for postcards, children´s books, schoolbooks and Kotiliesi-magazine covers. She died in 1986, but her illustrations are still impressed on calendars, postcards and other products, and she is one of the most loved Finnish illustrators.

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