Finnish Painter (1865 - 1931)
Akseli Gallen-Kallela was born Axél Waldemar Gallén in Pori, Finland. He become known as one of the leading practitioners of the international Art Nouveau movement.
The Art Nouveau movement flourished from 1890 to 1914, at which time Gallen-Kallela had already established his position as the leading Finnish national painter. He invented an entirely new formulised language, which brought to his famous paintings of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, a dynamic and unnatural intensity.
A larger than life character, Gallen-Kallela was the central figure in Karelianism in the 1890s. He studied in Paris during the 1880s and was inspired by his life there and by his experience of Berlin Symbolism in the mid 1890s to create his highly individual mature style, in which a powerful vision was expressed in a technique of strong lines and colours and flattened, stylised images.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela died in 1931.
In 1961, his studio and house at Tarvaspää was opened as the Gallen-Kallela Museum which houses some of his works and research facilities on Gallen-Kallela. I have been there and it is well worth the trip: as atmospheric as any studio I have visited and a place where you can just feel the ghost of Gallen-Kallela around you.
Allposters.com are a good starting point to build any Gallen-Kallela collection. Usually they stock only the most famous prints so any obscurer stuff you have to look elsewhere. See what they have here.
Joukahainen's Revenge, 1897
Ad Astra, 1907
The Defense of the Sampo, 1896
Rustic Life, 1887
Forging of the Sampo (Detail), 1893
Lemminkäinen's Mother (Detail), 1897
Sunset (Detail), 1899
Heijastuksia (Detail), 1902
The Storm (Detail), 1901 - 02
The Girl & The Rooster' (Detail), 1886
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