A cover of the book Helene Schjerfbeck. Malleja Modeller Models.A cover and a spread of the book Helene Schjerfbeck. Malleja Modeller Models.


Most beautiful book of the year

Lea Bergström - Sue Cedercreutz-Suhonen
Helene Schjerfbeck. Malleja Modeller Models

  • Publisher WSOY
  • Graphic designer, cover and binding designer Mr Martti Ruokonen
  • Reproduction Offset-Kopio Oy
  • Printing house and binder Gummerus Kirjapaino Oy

This book presents an interesting study of artist Helene Schjerfbeck’s works and models. It illustrates a crucial piece of Finnish art history through a fantastic dialogue of paintings and images. Every spread offers an enchanting and intriguing experience. This book is a pleasure both to the eye and to the mind.

The trilingual texts conform beautifully with the paintings and images. The text flows clearly and smoothly, without restraining the abundant and magnificent illustrations. Both graphic design and technical realisation are examples of a thoroughly first-class workmanship.

The book’s cover design and the colour schemes on its initial pages have been realised with a bold and unusual approach, and the traditional roles of front and back covers have almost been swapped. Minimalist and crisp cover design outlines the contents and the objective of the book, but does not disclose the actual experience within its covers.

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