• Gallen-Kallela Paints the Kalevala

    7 days ago - By Art Contrarian

    Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) is perhaps Findland's greatest painter. I wrote about his portrait art here , and his Wikipedia entry is here .
    At various times over his career he painted scenes from the epic Finnish poem, the Kalevala. Some were easel paintings, some were murals, and his media were sometimes oil and sometimes tempera.
    The Kalevala is an immense poem, but here is information regarding it and Gallen-Kallela's works. For the images below, I follow the sequence found there.
    Kalevala paintings by Gallen-Kallela can be seen in the Ateneum art museum in Helsinki. If you happen...
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