Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland

15 November 2017 – 4 February 2018

Room 1

Admission free, donations welcome

See all four versions of Gallen-Kallela's Lake Keitele, one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery 

A leading figure in modern Finnish painting, Akseli Gallen-Kallela was mesmerised by the beauty of the Finnish landscape and returned to Lake Keitele, north of Helsinki, throughout his career.

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition unites all four of the artist’s depictions of the lake. They will be displayed side by side in the order he painted them; demonstrating the gradual shift of the composition from an observed, naturalistic landscape towards a highly stylised and abstracted image.

The paintings feature alongside other works by the artist, showing the significance of this early Nordic modernist landscape. 

Exhibition supported by:

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Image above: Detail from Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lake Keitele, 1905