Property from a European Private Collection
View Over a Lake at Sunset
signed GALLEN / KALLELA lower right
oil on canvas
49.5 by 55.5cm., 19½ by 22in.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Finnish National Gallery following first-hand inspection and analysis on 4 May 2018.
The canvas has not been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher which appears to be of the time. The paint surface appears to be in good condition.
Ultra-violet light reveals no visible sign of restoration.
This work is in very good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented in an elaborate gilt frame.
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Gösta Stenman (probably acquired from the artist; a fragmentary label on the reverse)
Acquired in Helsinki by the family of the current owner in 1986; thence by descent
'The older I get, the more strongly I yearn [...] for light so powerful that the sun blackens, and for colours that sparkle and explode'
Painted circa 1905. Although its setting has not yet been identified, Gallen-Kallela likely painted the present work sometime after his visit to Lake Keitele in summer 1904. On a personal level this journey brought renewal following an exhausting and intense period of travel. From this came the four versions of Lake Keitele, two in private collections, one in the Lahti Art Museum and one in the National Gallery, London. The expressive, freely painted cloud formations in the present work are emblematic of the artist's work at the time, as also visible in a canvas of near identical dimensions in the Gallen-Kallela Museum (fig. 1).