Among the great Russian painters of the 19th century was St. Petersburg-born Maria Viktorovna Shpak-Benois. Even at a young age, she proved to be a first-class impressionist who used colours and depicted light in her paintings skilfully. Her famous self-portrait is exhibited at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
In the spring of 1891, Maria arrived in Puumala to celebrate the birthday of her father-in-law, painter Albert Benois. Maria had already fallen ill in St. Petersburg and passed away while they were staying in a rented cabin at Vesiniemi in Puumala.
Maria Viktorovna Shpak-Benois was buried at the old cemetery on the west side of the church.
Puumala Old Cemetary
Kirkkotie 1, Puumala
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