Lot 367
  • 367

Akseli Gallen-Kallela Finnish, 1865-1931

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  • Akseli Gallen-Kallela
  • Vene Rannassa (Boat Moored on a River Bank)

  • signed and dated AXEL GALLEN / 1903 l.l.

  • oil on canvasboard


By descent from the grandmother of the present owner

Catalogue Note

International interest in the work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela has been gaining ground in recent years. In 1999 the National Gallery in London purchased Keitele, one of Gallen-Kallela's most  sublime landscapes, and an iconic image of Finland. During this year and last the artist has been the subject of a major retrospective in Tampere (Akseli and Young Finland, Akseli Gallen-Kallela as a Nation Builder) and in Groninger, Holland (Akseli Gallen-Kallela: The Spirit of Finland). His work formed a key component of the major exhibition A Mirror of Nature, Nordic Landscape Painting 1840-1910, which toured throughout Scandinavia and to Minneapolis in 2006. In March this year the artist was the subject of a major article in Art in America by Joe Martin Hill. Lots 365-369 have been sent for sale from different national and international collections.

Painted outside Pori when Gallen-Kallela was working on his Pori Mausoleum frescoes, and in the same year that he held the first comprehensive exhibition of his print collection numbering twenty-five prints.