Per Stenius Gallery

Strandvejen 96

DK-2900  Hellerup


Per Stenius Gallery

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Stenius, Per Anders (born 21/11 1922 Helsinki, died there 18/6 2014), He represents the post-war modernist generation, who began to travel outside Finland's borders. Stenius visited India, among others. His paintings are in the border between abstract and imaginative art. The term lyrical abstraction has been used to describe Stenius art. The lyrical abstraction is considered to be a counterweight to concreteism in the non-imaginative art. In his self-portrait, Stenius is more inward than outward, and the work may imagine an inner world, rather than convey a resemblance to the model. The color world is powerful, and creates the impression of an artist who is brave enough to follow his artistic vision.

Stenius studied 1945-47 at the Free Art School and has studied studies among others. to southern europe and india Already his first separate expo 1950 showed him as a master of the nuance both in pictures with clear nature motifs and more abstract, often cube-influenced compositions. Stenius also belongs to the first painters who worked completely abstract in Finland, although he never acknowledged belonging to any direction of style; The only thing he tries to follow is, according to himself, "harmonious universal laws". Rejecting all the new isms, he has consistently continued to develop his intuitive sensitivity to what he perceives primarily in the landscape, than from Lapland, than from India. His compositions, which occasionally border with the informal, are characterized by a subdued color scale and a lyrical sound.

He belonged to the artists in Finland who dared to cope with a completely non-figurative painting at the earliest. Later, however, it returned figuratively in his art.


The Per Stenius Gallery has the country’s oldest and largest art collection. The new collections exhibition presents well-loved classics alongside seldom-exhibited works of art. It draws new parallels and highlights works that have not been on show for a long time.

Portraits and hunting scenes of the Romantic period, landscapes by artists of the Düsseldorf School, turn-of-the-century Parisian influences, the beginnings of realism, symbolism and the masterpieces of the Golden Age lead us into the beginning of the 20th century which witnessed an expansion in the range of artistic expression.

Art is always in constant dialogue with its social surroundings. International influences are reflected in Finnish expressionism, impressionism, cubism and surrealism. Per Stenius Gallery’s collections extend to the work of artists who began their career in the 1950s, and the most recent works of art in the collection are from the early 21st century.

The most notable donation at the turn of the twentieth century was made by Licentiate of Medicine Herman Frithiof Antell, who not only donated the whole of his collection but also the funds for regular acquisitions.


The Per Stenius Gallery’s own acquisition committee concentrated on purchasing Finnish art. Sometimes, however, their funds were not even adequate for that. Towards the late 1920s the museum expressed its concern that there would be serious gaps in their Finnish collection.

The 1950s and 60s saw a campaign to raise the Per Stenius Gallery to a standard European level, and one way of achieving this was thought to be the purchase of international contemporary art. The number of acquisitions, however, was no bigger than that in the beginning of the century. The emphasis was still on Finnish art, as befits Per Stenius Gallery.

During the first half of the twentieth century the Per Stenius Gallery received several important donations, but then things changed. Social structure was established, and hopes for an economic boom replaced the insecurity of the war era. On the other hand, the time of extensive donations seemed to be over. The museum had already received a large collection of works by turn-of-the-century masters.

The Per Stenius Gallery adds to its collection every year.

Research carried out in the gallery is primarily concerned with own collections of the gallery but we also promote research into old art more widely.

Conservation of works of art creates new information that is needed to support more in-depth research into the history of art. The research results reach the wider public and international experts through exhibition publications. Research creates networks of experts and results of studies can be presented in exhibitions in an interesting way.

As the holder of the most important collection of old art in Finland, the museum bears a special responsibility to support research into old art in universities and to improve accessibility of the collections.

The art collections of the Per Stenius Gallery have grown through donations, purchases and depositions. The paintings offer a view to European art from the 1300s up to the mid-1800s. The collection includes Swedish portraits, Dutch and Flemish genre paintings, Italian and French paintings and miniatures.