Akseli Gallen-Kallela

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The Aino myth 1891 - Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (right-hand panel) Aino has decided to take her own life rather than marry the ancient Väinamöinen. She sits on the shore and listens to the song of the water-maidens of Vellamo.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela

One of my favourite artists is Akseli Gallen-Kallela. He was a Finnish romantic period artist who used the recently published Kalevala as his inspiration.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (middle panel). Väinämöinen uses his magic to fish for Aino in the lake that she entered. He catches a small fish but decides it is too plain and insignificant to be his fiancée, so he throws it back. In that instant the fish changes into Aino who proceeds to mock the old man, that he held her in his hand but chose to let her go. After that she vanishes for ever.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela aprilie 1865 - 7 martie - Aino Myth, second panel of triptych

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Joukahaisen kosto

Joukahainen's revenge - Akseli Gallen-Kallela - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Illustration from the Kalevala, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1896. Showing Väinämöinen with a sword, defending the Sampo from Louhi.

The Defense of the Sampo (Sammon puolustus) is a 1896 Romantic nationalist painting by Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The painting illustrates a passage from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the century.

The Boat's Lament  Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home, Akseli Valdemar Gallen-Kallela, The Boat Lamentation

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865-1931), Moonlit Night, 1897. Oil on canvas, 46 x 32.5. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, Moonlit Night, Oil on canvas, 46 x The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.

Lemminkäinen is one of the Heroes of the Kalevala. In one myth he drowns in the river of Tuonela (the underworld) in trying to capture/kill the black swan, to win a daughter of Louhi as his wife. In a tale somewhat reminiscent of Isis' search for Osiris, Lemminkäinen's mother searches heaven and earth to find her son. Finally, she learns of his fate and asks Ilmarinen to fashion her a rake of copper with which to dredge her son's body from the river of Tuonela.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lemminkainen`s Mother, 1897

The 'Maid of Death' (Tuonen piika) ferrying the dead across the River Tuoni into Tuonela, the Finnish Underworld. Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Tuonelan joella'. Notice the swan in the background. An enigmatic, semi-divine creature, the Swan of Tuonela swims around the island of Tuoni, perpetually singing.

By the River of Tuonela, study for the Jusélius Mausoleum frescos, 1903 by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. sketch and study.