The Wounded Angel (Haavoittunut enkeli) (1898-1903) by Hugo Simberg
The allegorical procession with the angel walks through quite a realistic landscape. It is, in fact, Eläintarha park in Helsinki, and even today the same road skirts the shores of Eläintarha bay. In Hugo Simberg’s day, the park was a popular spot for leisure-time activities among the working classes, while the gentry favoured Kaivopuisto park. At the time, many charity institutions were located in Eläintarha park; in The Wounded Angel the healthy boys are carrying the injured girl towards the Blind Girls’ school and the Home for Cripples. (Finnish National Gallery)
Simberg consistently declined to offer any explanations to the meaning behind his paintings. Instead, he felt it was important that the viewer was left free to make their own conclusions based on the symbolism. This painting was voted as Finland’s “national painting” in a vote held by the Ateneum art museum in 2006 (Wiki).