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Akseli Gallen-Kallela

(Finland, 1865-1931)
Akseli Gallen-Kallela
(Finland, 1865-1931)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Nude model

Sign. -87. Oil on canvas 81x38.5 cm.

Wear due to age and use. Wear. Paint loss. Crazing.


"Suomi-poika ja puuromaalari. Pohjoismaiset taiteilijaboheemit", Gallen-Kallela Museum, 18.5.-1.9.2013
"Ilkka Lammi ja menneisyyden kaiku", Salo Art Museum, 12.10.2013-5.1.2014
"Maailman sydämessä – Emil Wikströmin vuodet Pariisissa", Visavuori Museum, 22.5.–31.8.2014.


Akseli Gallen-Kallela is counted among Finland's most famous artists, born in 1865 in Pori. He studied at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society in Helsinki and later at the Académie Julian in Paris. He worked across various art forms such as painting, graphics, illustrations, textiles, architecture, and even designed military uniforms. Akseli Gallen-Kallela's first significant work, 'Old Woman with a Cat,' challenged the ideals of its time and paved the way for realism in Finnish painting.

Gallen-Kallela was primarily known for his paintings and illustrations for the Finnish national epic, 'Kalevala.' In 1900, he executed dome paintings with Kalevala motifs for the Finnish pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris. His visual language is often described as naturalistic, symbolic, and expressionistic

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