Akseli Gallen-Kallela Paintings

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) was a Finnish painter who studied art at the Finnish Art Society and later moved to Paris to continue his art education at the Académie Julian. He lived and visited many different places during his life time, including Berlin (to oversee an exhibition of his work with fellow painter Edvard Munch), London, Paris, Kenya, Chicago, and New Mexico. His travels gave him limitless inspiration and provided him with a wide variety of subjects within his paintings. Despite all of his travels, Gallen-Kallela was always called back home to Finland. He is probably most famous for his illustrations of the Kalevala, a Finnish national epic poem.

Paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela in Chronological Order:

Boy with a Crow, 1884 Old Woman With a Cat, 1885 The girl and the rooster, 1886
Rustic Life, 1887 Parisienne, 1888 Marie Gallén at the Kuhmoniemi-Bridge, 1890
View from North Quay, 1891 Shepherd Boy from Paanajärvi , 1892 Imatra in Winter, 1893
Mäntykoski Waterfall, 1893 Symposium, 1894 The Defense of the Sampo, 1896
Lemminkäinen’s Mother, 1897 The Fratricide, 1897 The Hand of Christ. The Palm of Peace , 1897
Kullervos Curse, 1899 Sunset, 1899 Study for the fresco ‘Ilmarinen Ploughing the Viper-Field’, 1900
The storm, 1902 Spring, study for the Jusélius Mausoleum Frescos, 1903 Lake Keitele, 1905
The Abduction of Sampo, 1905 Le Depart de Väinämöinen, 1906 Portrait of Maxim Gorky, 1906
The Lair of the Lynx, 1906 Stockflotte, 1908 Mt. Donia Sabuk, 1909
Portrait of Phyllis Sjöström, 1914 Poster for the German Exposition of Art in Ateneum, 1922 Ilmarinen Ploughing the Viper-field and The Defense of the Sampo, 1928
Joukahainen’s Revenge The Great Black Woodpecker

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