Her soul always pure. On Sigrid Hjertén

Is a book about the famous Swedish woman painter Sigrid Hjertén, belonging to the generation of Swedish artists who left for Paris at the beginning of last century and studied with the French painter Henry Matisse.  Sigrid Hjertén was the only prominent woman in the group and she is generally considered as one of Sweden’s greatest painters of the modernist school. She ended her life in mental hospital, where she died from a lobotomy operation. She was married to the great painter Isaac Grünewald, the only Jew of the group and my paternal grandmother’s brother. The book made great waves when it came out, as it included thitherto unknown correspondence between Hjertén and her husband. It was chosen a book-of-the-Month club first-selection and has sold in more than 20.000 copies.