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Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Finnish painter

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (26 April 1865 – 7 March 1931) was an artist from Finland. He started his career with realistic pictures of poor people from the countryside, and continued with romantic paintings of the themes of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. His work was considered very important for the Finnish national identity.[1] He pioneered major changes in Finnish art.[2]

Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Born (1865-04-26)26 April 1865
Pori, Finland
Died 7 March 1931(1931-03-07) (aged 65)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Finnish
Field Painting
Movement Romantic nationalism, Realism, Symbolism

In addition to paintings Gallen-Kallela made prints, frescoes and designed textiles and furniture. His house and studio Kalela became a work of total art.[3]

When Finland became independent, Gallen-Kallela designed uniforms and medals for its army.



  1. Gallen-Kallela, Akseli (1865 - 1931) The National Biography of Finland
  2. "Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931). The Spirit of Finland". GRONINGER MUSEUM. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. Akseli Gallen-Kallela Musee D'Orsay