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Kleopatra Elin Danielson-Gambogi was born in 1861 in Norrmark, a small village near Pori in the Gulf of Bothnia. Her father, Karl, and mother, Amalia Rosa Gestrin. Their families were of Swedish origin but had been in Finland for several generations. Elin spent her childhood on her family's farm in the country.
From an early age, Elin showed a natural talent for art, so in 1876, the young woman moved to Helsinki. Living with her uncle and aunt Mauritz and Clara, she entered the School of Design of the Finnish Society of Arts, where she studied classical drawing, landscape and perspective.
At the same time, she soon started work to help support herself. Elin Studied porcelain decoration under Fanny Sundblad, who had trained in the Sevres and Copenhagen factories. Starting in 1878, Danielson attended courses at Adolf Von Becker's Academy, where she learned to paint in oils, figures Studied painting and still life painting in detail and learned how to transpose the qualities of various materials - glass, fabrics, porcelain, metals - onto canvas.
Elin earned a teaching degree to teach drawing in high schools. At that time it was easier to obtain financial independence through teaching than by the complex and rarely profitable path of a career as an "artist."
Elin Danielson-Gambogi belonged to the 1st generation of Finnish women artists who received professional education in art. Having studied together in Helsinki at the Art School of the Finnish Art Society, these artists are collectively often referred to in Finnish art history as the "painter sisters' generation." Besides Danielson-Gambogi, the group included Finnish artists Anna Sahlsten, Helene Schjerfbeck, and Maria Wiik. The 1880s marked the era when a number of Finnish women artists began their career.
....Elin married comparatively late in her life, at the age of 36, and was 13 years older than her husband, Raphael Gambogi.