Out into the World

Maria Wiik1889

Ateneum Art Museum

Ateneum Art Museum
Helsinki, Finland

Out into the World is Maria Wiik's main work. It was painted in 1889 in St Ives, England, where Maria spent some time together with fellow artist Helene Schjerfbeck. The subject was very topical: a young woman leaving her home to go and earn a living. The interpretation was modern: warm light sifting through the curtain gave the artist a chance to soften all contours and blend the range of colours together. The perspective lends a sense of drama to the scene. Careful thought has been given to the psychology of this moment. The older woman has given her advice to the young one going out into the world, and she does listen, but buoyed by her carefree youthfulness she is dismissive of the dangers and preoccupied with her own thoughts.


  • Title: Out into the World
  • Creator: Maria Wiik
  • Creator Lifespan: 1853/1928
  • Creator Nationality: Finnish
  • Creator Gender: female
  • Creator Death Place: Helsinki
  • Creator Birth Place: Helsinki
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Physical Dimensions: w61 x h69 cm
  • Inventory number: A I 493
  • Dimensions: 69 x 61 cm
  • Collection: Hoving
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Ateneum Art Museum, Hoving collection, http://www.fng.fi/informationandresearch/photographicservice
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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