Höns bland höstackar (Chickens among haystacks) by Helene Schjerfbeck

Helene Schjerfbeck was one of the very early foreign visitors to St Ives.


Oil on canvas
26 x 35 cm
Art Fund grant:
£42,000 ( Total: £72,000)
Acquired in:

She received a travel grant from the Finnish Art Society in 1887 and stayed with her old college friend, Marianne Stokes and her husband Adrian in St Ives. Schjerfbeck was greatly inspired by the Cornish scenery, she wrote: 'There are thousands of subjects here I would like to paint: the old fishing village down below, the new artists' town on the hills above, a couple of sandy beaches, the harbour with the boats, heaths and grassy pastures browned by the hot summer sun'.


Adrian Stokes; by descent; Phillips, 1990; private collection; Christie's, 2007.

Venue details

Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road, PENZANCE Cornwall TR18 4HE 01736 363 625 www.penleehouse.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.50)

1 Apr – 31 Oct Daily, 10am - 5pm 1 Nov – 31 Mar Daily,​ 10am – 4.30pm

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