Akseli Gallen-Kallela

April 26, 1865 C March 7, 1931) Gallen-Kallela was a Finnish artist and designer closely associated with notions of National Romanticism, especially relating to the region of Karelia, also a source of inspiration for the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Of particular influence was the collection of folk poems formed in the middle of the 19th century by Elias Lonrot. Following a national competition in 1891 Gallen-Kallela illustrated this national epic known as the Kaleval, the vivid images of which soon became widely known throughout Finland. He also made a significant contribution to the Finnish Pavilion at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 in which he painted frescoes on Kalevala themes in the main dome, as well as designing textiles and furniture. His furniture designs were made by the Iris company, founded by a close friend, Louis Sparre. Like many other ventures associated with Arts and Crafts, the Iris company was concerned with the production of well-designed, well-made furniture and ceramics. Gallen-Kallela designs at Paris 1900 attracted considerable attention leading to the award of a number of Gold and Silver Medals at the exhibition. He worked in a wide range of design media, including ryiji rugs, which he modernized using geometric motifs derived from the Finnish landscape. His distinctive contribution to Finnish culture is preserved in the Gallen-Kallela Museum, which was originally built by him as a studio and family home between 1911 and 1913 and now contains a large body of his work, including paintings, graphics, textiles, jewellery, stained glass, and architectural designs.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela Demasquee oil painting


Demasquee
Painting ID::  54352
Artist: Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Painting: Demasquee
Introduction: mk235 Oil on canvas 1888 65x55cm
   
   
     

Akseli Gallen-Kallela The Aino triptych oil painting


The Aino triptych
Painting ID::  58929
Artist: Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Painting: The Aino triptych
Introduction: The Aino triptych
   
   
     

Akseli Gallen-Kallela The Defense of the Sampo oil painting


The Defense of the Sampo
Painting ID::  58930
Artist: Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Painting: The Defense of the Sampo
Introduction: The Defense of the Sampo, 1896, is on display in Turku Art Museum
   
   
     

Akseli Gallen-Kallela Paimeni oil painting


Paimeni
Painting ID::  67464
Artist: Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Painting: Paimeni
Introduction: Description Paimeni.jpg English: Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Shepherd Boy from Paanajärvi. Oil, 1892, 85 x 118 cm. The Finnish National Gallery Ateneum. Svenska: Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Herdepojke från Paanajärvi. Olja, 1892, 85 x 118 cm. Finska nationalgalleriet Ateneum. Suomi: Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Paanajärven paimenpoika. Öljy, 1892, 84 x 68 cm. Kansallisgalleria Ateneum. Date 1892.
   
   
     

Akseli Gallen-Kallela Poikajavaris oil painting


Poikajavaris
Painting ID::  67468
Artist: Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Painting: Poikajavaris
Introduction: Title English: Boy with a Crow Suomi: Poika ja varis Svenska: Gosse och kråka Year 1884
   
   
     

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     April 26, 1865 C March 7, 1931) Gallen-Kallela was a Finnish artist and designer closely associated with notions of National Romanticism, especially relating to the region of Karelia, also a source of inspiration for the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Of particular influence was the collection of folk poems formed in the middle of the 19th century by Elias Lonrot. Following a national competition in 1891 Gallen-Kallela illustrated this national epic known as the Kaleval, the vivid images of which soon became widely known throughout Finland. He also made a significant contribution to the Finnish Pavilion at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 in which he painted frescoes on Kalevala themes in the main dome, as well as designing textiles and furniture. His furniture designs were made by the Iris company, founded by a close friend, Louis Sparre. Like many other ventures associated with Arts and Crafts, the Iris company was concerned with the production of well-designed, well-made furniture and ceramics. Gallen-Kallela designs at Paris 1900 attracted considerable attention leading to the award of a number of Gold and Silver Medals at the exhibition. He worked in a wide range of design media, including ryiji rugs, which he modernized using geometric motifs derived from the Finnish landscape. His distinctive contribution to Finnish culture is preserved in the Gallen-Kallela Museum, which was originally built by him as a studio and family home between 1911 and 1913 and now contains a large body of his work, including paintings, graphics, textiles, jewellery, stained glass, and architectural designs.