Akseli Gallen Kallela is one of the most famous Finish artists.
He was born in Pori, Finland, in 1865 and died in 1931 in Stockholm.
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 Pavilion.
Famous Akseli Gallen Kallela paintings include The Lovers and Symposium works, and he is mainly known for his illustrations for 19th-century poems featured in the Kalevala; One such painting is The Giant Pike or Suuri Hauki, completed in 1904.
After studying art in Finland, Gallen Kallela studied at the Academie Julian in Paris.
In 1890 Gallen Kallela married Mary Sloor and had three children together. The family moved to Berlin in late 1894, where Gallen Kallela exhibited alongside the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
In 1895, one of Gallen Kallela's daughters died from diphtheria. From this point, his paintings adopted a darker tone, and during the productive years of 1896 to1899 were when he produced some of his most famous paintings.
Gallen Kallela was well-traveled and visited Kenya in 1908/1909. In 1923 he moved to live in the United States, exhibiting his work across the country. He also visited New Mexico and spent some time at the Taos art colony.
By the commencement of World War 1, the family was back in Finland, and both Gallen Kaella and his son served for a time with the Finnish Army.
The artist's home and studio at Tarvaspaa now houses the Gallen Kallela Museum, which displays many of his colorful paintings.
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