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  • Akseli Gallen-Kallela
    Apr 26, 1865 - Mar 7, 1931
  • Boy with a Crow - Akseli Gallen-Kallela was a Swedish-speaking Finnish painter who is best known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. His work was considered very important for the Finnish national identity. His was a leading figure in modern Finnish painting and the decorative arts, who studied painting in Helsinki and Paris. By the mid-1890s hebegan to incorporate Symbolist motifs in his work. His landscape paintings of about 1900 show the influence of both Gauguin and Monet
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  • 1884
    Oil on canvas
    86 x 72 cm
    Ateneumin Taidemuseo - Suomen Kansallisgalleria, Helsinki, Finland.

    Boy with a Crow has made people wonder how the 19-year-old Akseli Gallen-Kallela who had never been to France could paint such a picture in the manner of Parisian realism. His stylistic inspiration has obviously been the art of Jules Bastien-Lepage, admired by most young Finnish painters of the time. Actually Gallen-Kallela had taken private lessons the previous winter from Albert Edelfelt, who lived in Paris and had been the source of these influences of outdoor realism. The subject of the painting is the character of this peasant boy, whom the artist knew from before. Gallen-Kallela has said that the secret of his success with the painting was leading the boy to believe he could tame the crow by sprinkling salt on its tail feathers.

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    Thank you again for the painting! I received it yesterday and it is absolutely beautiful!!

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Other paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela:

A Girl in Keuruu Old Church
A Girl in Keuruu Old Church
A House of Stout Logs
A House of Stout Logs
A Man and a Puppet
A Man and a Puppet
A Winter Shore
A Winter Shore
Akseli Gallen-KallelaAkseli Gallen-Kallela was born Axél Waldemar Gallén in Pori, Finland. He become known as one of the leading practitioners of the international Art Nouveau movement.

The Art Nouveau movement flourished from 1890 to 1914, at which time Gallen-Kallela had already established his position as the leading Finnish national painter. He invented an entirely new formulised language, which brought to his famous paintings of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, a dynamic and unnatural intensity.

A larger than life character, Gallen-Kallela was the central figure in Karelianism in the 1890s. He studied in Paris during the 1880s and was inspired by his life there and by his experience of Berlin Symbolism in the mid 1890s to create his highly individual mature style, in which a powerful vision was expressed in a technique of strong lines and colours and flattened, stylised images.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela died in 1931.

In 1961, his studio and house at Tarvaspää was opened as the Gallen-Kallela Museum which houses some of his works and research facilities on Gallen-Kallela. I have been there and it is well worth the trip: as atmospheric as any studio I have visited and a place where you can just feel the ghost of Gallen-Kallela around you.