Sketch for Stained Glass Windows of Haus Molchow

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License of this image: CC-BY-SA
License of original image: Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation - CC-By-SA 4.0

By: Olga Ehrström (1876–1934)
Created: 1905, Collection: Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, Mänttä, Finland Rights: CC-By-SA 4.0

You could try replicating the background of this painting by finding a stained glass window to pose in front of, or a backdrop in similar colours - or even try taking it against a sunset! The woman's poses are simple but you will need to make sure you capture the mysterious expression of the lady with dark hair and the happy open smile of the blonde lady.

Haus Molchow was built in 1905 near the city of Berlin. This is a sketch by Olga Ehrström for one of the four windows that were located in the Haus Molchow’s billiard room.

The atmosphere in the sketch is fairytale-like. The ladies picking flowers in the garden are secluded from the city in the background. Was this an escape from modern times? The lady with dark hair resembles Olga Ehrström, who was known for her great beauty. Did the artist want to immortalize herself as a medieval noble lady?

The striking feminine elegance is closer to Western European Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement  than its much more rigorous Finnish counterparts.  Olga Ehrström, a Finnish painter, illustrator and decorative artist worked with her husband Eric O. W. Ehrström. They combined decorative art with architecture as “Gesamtkunstwerk” –  they saw both buildings and their decoration as one all-embracing artwork.

Unfortunately, Haus Molchow and its stained glass windows were demolished in the early 1950s and little is now known about Olga’s life and her work.

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