Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) is famous for his illustrations of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, and for his vibrant and luminous paintings of Finland’s countryside and people. His style was influenced by Realism, Symbolism and graphic art. Gallen-Kallela travelled extensively throughout his life, only to return with renewed affection and feeling of patriotism to his own country.
His career was characterised by a nomadic life going periodically between Finland and Europe, and in later years extending his travels further afield to St Petersburg, British East-Africa (where he lived for a year between 1909-1910) and New Mexico. He held many exhibitions abroad and fraternised with the German Expressionist group ‘Die Brücke’.
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