|eaders may be interested in the following facts (drawn from various sources):
Hugo Simberg (18731917) was born in Hamina, Finland, and first studied at the Finnish Fine Arts Association in Helsinki. With a natural inclination toward mysticism, he eventually came to focus on the dark side of reality, on somber themes—some morbid, some supernatural.
In which category The Wounded Angel falls is really up to the viewer. The painter himself consistently declined to explain the meaning of its symbolisms, leaving the interpretation up to the viewer. When our author encountered the painting in a church on one of her journeys, she let her imagination fly, resulting in the article you see here. The 1903 painting is the best known of Simberg’s works, and in 2006 was voted as Finland’s “national painting” by the Ateneum art museum in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.