Lot 368
  • 368

Akseli Gallen-Kallela Finnish 1865-1931

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  • Akseli Gallen-Kallela
  • Öinen Donau Joki (Night Lights Reflecting off the Danube, Budapest)

  • signed, inscribed and dated KORONCHI LIPPICH ELEKILLE / AKSELI GALLEN-KALLELALTA / 1908 l.l.

  • oil on canvas


Elek Koronghi Lippich, Budapest (a gift from the artist; poet, writer, painter and lawyer, Koronghi Lippich was also the Hungarian Minister of Culture)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 19 June 1990, lot 80
Purchased at the above sale by 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.

Gallen-Kallela spent several months in Budapest in 1908 before leaving for Paris. His stay followed a successful exhibition of his work in Budapest in 1907. Very well received, he was encouraged to return for a longer visit the following year. Gallen-Kallela was especially drawn to the River Danube, which he painted on a number of occasions.