Hugo Simberg painted The Wounded Angel in 1903, having recovered from a serious nervous illness, for which he was being treated at Deaconess Hospital in Helsinki. For Simberg art was not merely the reproduction of external reality, even if the location of the scene can be traced to a piece of grass in the Zoo gardens near the hospital. One of Finland's most popular and enduring images, Simberg's canvas depicts a little angel wounded in the wing, as a pair of stretcher bearers solemnly carry him off on a stretcher through the desolate landscape. Immediately raising numerous questions, the artist leaves the interpretation of the piece to the viewer. Shortly after finishing the original Simberg began work on a larger-scale version for the interior of the Tampere Cathedral. Currently housed at the nation's Atheneum Museum, it is the ambiguity of the painting that continues to draw crowds of faithful visitors.
Having recently recovered from a serious illness, many argue that the work is an allegorical reproduction of Simberg's own personal experience. For others, the landscape that stretches behind the figures is seen as a symbol of the endangered natural world, for some it is a national allegory or a symbol of the independence of Finland. Indeed, in terms of Finnish national identity, the wild expanse of the natural world is an essential element, important in helping the ailing convalesce. Carried through the wild Finnish wilderness, Simberg's wounded angel is a piece familiar to most Finnish people since childhood through its ubiquity in posters, reproductions, and cross-stitch patterns. An endless source of fascination for intellectuals and art-lovers alike, Simberg's The Wounded Angel has the iconic power of ambiguity and simplicity that ensures repeated attempts to crack its internal code.
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