Amongst one of the most famous Finish artists is Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
He was born in Pori, Finland in 1865 and he died in 1931 in Stockholm.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela artwork is synonymous with Finnish identity and the Golden Age of Finnish Art.
He exhibited at the Paris World Fair in 1900, creating frescoes for the Finnish pavillion.
Famous Gallen-Kallela paintings include The Lovers and Symposium works.
He is particularly known for his illustrations for 19th century poems featured in the Kalevala;
One such painting is The Giant Pike, or Suuri Hauki which was completed in 1904.
After studying art in Finland, Gallen-Kallela studied at the Academie Julian in Paris.
In 1890 Akseli Gallen-Kallela married Mary Sloor and they had three children together.
The artist moved to Berlin in late 1894 where he exhibited alongside the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
In 1895, one of Gallen-Kallela's daughters died from diptheria.
From this point onwards his paintings adopted a darker tone and the productive years of 1896-1899 were when some of his most famous paintings were created.
Gallen-Kallela was well travelled, visiting Kenya in 1908/1909. In 1923 he moved to live in the United States, exhibiting his work across the country.
He visited New Mexico and spent some time at the Taos art colony.
By the time World War 1 had commenced, the family were back in Finland.
Both Gallen-Kaella and his son served for a time with the Finnish Army.
Legacy: The Gallen-Kallela Museum
The artist's home and studio at Tarvaspaa now houses the Gallen Kallela Museum which displays many of his paintings.
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