Ellen Jolin (Maria Helena Jolin) was a Swedish
artist and writer, born in Stockholm on 16 June
1854. Her father was Johan Christopher Jolin
(1818-1884), actor and playwright. Her mother
was Katarina Matilda Jolin née Wigert
Ellen Jolin studied at the Royal Swedish Academy
of Fine Arts. In 1889, she travelled to Paris
where she studied at L'Académie Julian, a
private art school. What she called her "travel
years" lasted until 1905. She visited Holland,
Belgium and England, but she preferred the
countries south of the Pyrenees and the Alps,
especially Italy; she also visited North Africa.
She described these travels in a book published
in 1911, Från studiefärder i medelhafsländer.
The book is illustrated with drawings and
During 1890-1910, Ellen Jolin exhibited
frequently in Stockholm, but also in Paris,
Vienna and Berlin as well as in other cities in
Europe. She is known for her watercolours and
pastels, often with architectural sceneries.
Some of her works can be seen in the National
Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm and in other
museums in Sweden.
In 1913, Ellen Jolin published a book about her
father and his friends, Johan Jolin och hans
vänner: interiörer ur konstnärslifvet under
Ellen Jolin never married. She died in Stockholm
on 25 May 1939. The well-known artist Einar
Jolin (1890-1976) was her nephew.
Rio di San Trovaso, Venice
View towards the Grand
Canal with Palazzo Contarini Corfù to the right
Watercolour by Ellen Jolin, 1893
For information on the Contarini
palaces, click here.
Ellen Jolin at the Rialto Bridge, Venice
photographer, c. 1900
|I am very
grateful to Michaela Jolin, daughter of Einar
Jolin, for having identified the lady in the
picture with the help of old family photographs.