A Sneak Peek at the President’s Palace: First Lady’s Portrait Revealed!

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The portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio was unveiled at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, said the President Office in a press release.

The portrait has been painted by artist Susanne Gottberg.

The portrait has been painted on birch veneer, which the artist said provided the background with depth and structure as the surface of the background has been partly rubbed down to make the wood visible.

“The plant or branch painted in the foreground of the painting has a dialogue with the tree, and the idea has been to bring more depth and movement to the painting,” Gottberg said, adding that the technique used in the portrait was oil and coloured pencil.

The portrait of Haukio continues the almost 100-year-old tradition of portraits of the spouses of Finnish presidents. The first one was the portrait of Ester Ståhlberg, the wife of former President K.J. Ståhlberg, which was painted by Eero Snellman in 1935.

The portrait of Haukio has been placed in the Atrium Gallery in the Presidential Palace, where the portraits of the previous spouses of Finnish presidents are also located.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. EmilyJohnson89 says

    It’s wonderful to see the legacy of Finnish first ladies being celebrated through art. The intricate details in the portrait by Susanne Gottberg truly capture the essence of elegance and tradition.

  2. EmilyJohnson89 says

    Wow, the portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio is truly captivating! Susanne Gottberg’s artistic talent shines through in every detail. The use of birch veneer as the background gives the painting a unique texture and depth. I love how the plant in the foreground interacts with the tree, adding a sense of movement and complexity to the portrait. It’s fascinating to see how this tradition of portraying Finnish presidents’ spouses has evolved over the years!

  3. EllaJohnson says

    As an art enthusiast, I appreciate the depth and movement captured in the portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio. The use of birch veneer as a canvas adds a unique touch to the traditional style of presidential portraits. Kudos to artist Susanne Gottberg for her innovative approach!

  4. MarissaSmith says

    What inspired the artist to choose birch veneer as the background for the portrait?

    1. JacobBrown says

      The artist, Susanne Gottberg, chose birch veneer as the background for the portrait to provide depth and structure to the painting. The wood surface, partly rubbed down, allows for a dialogue between the plant or branch in the foreground and the tree, bringing more movement and depth to the piece.

  5. AlexandraSmith says

    Wow, the portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio is stunning! The use of birch veneer as the background truly adds depth to the painting. I love how the plant in the foreground interacts with the tree, creating a sense of movement. It’s great to see this tradition of portraying Finnish presidents’ spouses continue with such beautiful artwork.

  6. EmmaJohnson says

    Wow, what a stunning portrait! The way the artist captured the dialogue between the plant and the tree is truly remarkable. It’s amazing to see the tradition of portraying the spouses of Finnish presidents being carried on with such skill and creativity.

  7. EmilySmith91 says

    As an art enthusiast, I find the use of birch veneer in the First Lady’s portrait to be a unique and captivating choice. The depth and movement created by the painted plant and tree dialogue add a beautiful artistic dimension to the piece. It’s wonderful to see this long-standing tradition of portraying Finnish presidential spouses continued with such creativity and skill. Kudos to artist Susanne Gottberg for this masterpiece!

  8. AlexandraSmith89 says

    As an art enthusiast, I find the technique used in this portrait fascinating. The combination of oil and colored pencil on birch veneer creates a unique visual effect that truly captures the spirit of the First Lady. I appreciate the attention to detail in the foreground elements, which adds depth and movement to the painting. It’s wonderful to see the continuation of this tradition honoring the spouses of Finnish presidents through such beautiful art.

  9. Emily_Writes says

    It’s fascinating to see the intricate details and symbolism in the portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio. The use of birch veneer as the canvas adds a unique touch to the piece, reflecting Finland’s deep-rooted connection to nature. The artist’s choice of oil and colored pencil techniques beautifully captures the essence of the subject. Looking forward to more insights into this historical tradition!

  10. SarahSmith1987 says

    I absolutely love the intricate details and symbolism in the portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio! The artist, Susanne Gottberg, truly captured the essence of the First Lady and brought depth to the painting. The use of birch veneer as the background was a brilliant choice, adding texture and a unique touch to the artwork. It’s fascinating how the plant and tree in the foreground interact, creating a dynamic visual narrative. The tradition of portraits of Finnish presidents’ spouses is rich in history, and Haukio’s portrait is a beautiful addition to that legacy.

  11. EmilySmith says

    Wow, what a stunning portrait! I’m curious, did the artist face any challenges when painting on birch veneer?

  12. JessicaSmith85 says

    I absolutely love the intricate details in the portrait of First Lady Jenni Haukio! The use of birch veneer as the canvas background is truly unique and adds a special touch to the artwork. It’s fascinating to see how the foreground and background elements interact in the painting, creating a sense of depth and movement. Kudos to artist Susanne Gottberg for her exceptional work!

  13. Amanda_Smith says

    Such an interesting choice of material for the portrait! Was birch veneer specifically selected to reflect something unique about the First Lady’s character or background?

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