This painting shows two women in an interior, with one seated at a table looking up from her book as her companion adjusts her dress before leaving. The muted tones are accentuated by a drawn curtain.
This painting, which won a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, is considered her masterpiece. This painting was included in the 1905 book Women Painters of the World.
Out into the World is Maria Wiik's main work. It was painted in 1889 in St Ives, England, where Maria spent some time together with fellow artist Helene Schjerfbeck. The subject was very topical: a young woman leaving her home to go and earn a living. The interpretation was modern: warm light sifting through the curtain gave the artist a chance to soften all contours and blend the range of colors together. The perspective lends a sense of drama to the scene. Careful thought has been given to the psychology of this moment. The older woman has given her advice to the young one going out into the world, and she does listen, but buoyed by her carefree youthfulness she is dismissive of the dangers and preoccupied with her own thoughts.