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Akseli Gallen-Kallela

1865 - 1931

Akseli Gallen-Kallela was born in the small village of Pori, Finland in 1865. Although he was from a Swedish-speaking family, he is famous primarily for his illustrations of the 19th century Finnish national epic poem ‘Kalevala’. This composition assembles collective oral traditions and recounts the ancient Finnish creation myth of the earth, plants and animals through a set of old ballads, lyrical songs and incantations. Throughout his career Gallen-Kallela produced hundreds of emotional paintings of Finland’s countryside and its dwellers, always incorporating a mixture of artistic styles of the time.

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