During a period in her artwork, watercolour played a particularly important role in the development of her art. It can be claimed that it was just through her various attempts at the use of watercolour that she attained that synthesis which later became something of a trademark for her – a pictorial idiom striving to attain the ultimate simplicity. Many of the subjects are scenes from her home at Hyvinge where Schjerfbeck lived with her mother.
Helene Schjerfbeck is one of the best-known and most appreciated Finnish painters today. She was one of the few artists of her generation who created masterpieces in a naturalistic and impressionistic style and was also able to shift to an entirely modern, expressionistic mode.