Hildegarde Handsaeme's work presents such an original form and content that it is difficult to classify her in a painting school or to compare her to an eventual equal painter. Only gifted artists succeed to be independent from the start and grow gradually to a recognizable style. This is utterly rare. As a red thread Hildegarde's personality runs through her works which show us a very characteristic world. She seems to know always what she does and why and she leaves nothing to fate. Her work is as she meant it and what she means she gets by her own way from background into focus so one can say without looking at her signature that her personality is clearly there.