1865 - 1931
Gallen-Kallela was a leading figure in modern Finnish painting and the decorative arts, who studied painting in Helsinki and Paris. On returning to Finland, he became fascinated with the 'Kalevala' epic, a compilation of ancient poetry celebrating the mythic origins of Finland, on which he decided to base his art. By the mid-1890s Gallen-Kallela began to incorporate Symbolist motifs in his work. His landscape paintings of about 1900 show the influence of both Gauguin and Monet.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN