Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) Finland

Akseli Gallen-Kallela was born in Pori, Finland, and is considered to be one of the country's leading artists. Gallen-Kallela is most famous for his illustrations of the epic “Kalevala,” which he began working on in 1925 and which represents the beginnings of Finnish national romanticism. Gallen-Kallela studied at the Académie Julien in Paris and in 1900 he painted frescoes with Kalevala themes on the dome of the Finnish pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris. His images are often described as naturalistic, symbolic and expressionistic.

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