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Minna #Canth (1844–1897) was a Finnish writer and social activist. She began to write while managing her family draper's shop and living as a widow raising seven children in Kuopio. Canth was a  pioneer in education and the 1st Finnish woman to run a newspaper. Minna Canth is the first woman to receive her own flag day in Finland, starting on 19 March 2007. It is also the day of social #equality in Finland. The only Academy Professorship of women's studies in Finland is named after Minna…

Minna Canth, portrait by Kaarlo Vuori August 1863 - 22 June Finnish painter.

Wilhelm von Wright (1810–1887) was a Finnish painter. He was born into a wealthy family (owners of #Haminalahti manor) in Kuopio. Wilhelm traveled to Sweden to assist his brother Magnus to complete a book on Swedish birds – Svenska foglar. Soon he was appointed as a drawer to Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. Wilhelm's technical skills in drawing and painting were considered the best among von Wright brothers. Wilhelm von Wright is famous for his work on nature, especially birds like his…

Wilhelm von Wright was a Finnish painter. He was born into a wealthy family in Kuopio. Wilhelm traveled to Sweden to assist his brother Magnus to complete a book on Swedish birds – Svenska foglar.

Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906) was a Finnish painter. He was born into a wealthy family (owners of #Haminalahti manor) in Kuopio. Ferdinand traveled to Sweden to assist his brother Wilhelm in his illustration work at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. He returned soon and lived a secluded but productive life. Ferdinand von Wright is famous for his work on nature, especially birds (like The Fighting #Capercaillies, 1886 – perhaps the most famous Finnish painting), like his older brothers.

Ferdinand von Wright was a Finnish painter, famous for his work on nature, especially birds.

Magnus von Wright (1805–1868) was a Finnish painter and ornithologist. He was born into a wealthy family (owners of #Haminalahti manor) in Kuopio, went to study in Stockholm and returned to work as a cartographer, taxidermist and art instructor. Magnus von Wright is famous for his work on nature, especially birds, like his younger brothers.

Magnus von Wright June 1805 – 5 July Finnish painter and ornithologist, famous for his work on nature, especially birds, like his younger brothers.

Ferdinand von Wright: The Fighting Capercaillies, 1886. #Ateneum Art Museum. The painting ranks very high among Finland's most popular items. It is probably the most copied work of art in Finland.

Ferdinand von Wright Taistelevat Metsot / The Fighting Capercaillies 1886 - Finland - birds - Click image to get to original site with audio

Wilhelm von Wright: Quay and Boat Shed, ca. 1850. #Ateneum Art Museum. The middle one of von Wright brothers suffered a stroke in early 1850s, which made him almost completely unable to work. Series of sixty lithographs to Skandinaviens fiskar (Fishes of Scandinavia), 1857 became his most important illustration work.

Wilhelm von Wright: Quay and Boat Shed, ca. 1850. #Ateneum Art Museum. The middle one of von Wright brothers suffered a stroke in early 1850s, which made him almost completely unable to work. Series of sixty lithographs to Skandinaviens fiskar (Fishes of Scandinavia), 1857 became his most important illustration work.

Pekka Halonen: Lynx Hunter, 1900.  #Ateneum Art Museum. It was one of two paintings (the other being Washing on the Ice, 1900) by Pekka #Halonen to be featured at Exposition #Universelle 1900 aka the World's Fair in Paris.

Pekka Halonen The Lynx Hunter Oil on canvas - 125 x 180 cm Helsinki, Ateneum Taidemuseo

Juhani Aho (1861–1921) was a Finnish author and journalist. He moved to Kuopio to study in senior high school. Also there, 10 years after graduating, he fell in love with #Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, whom he married in less than a year. Aho was one of the founders of Päivälehti, the predecessor of the biggest newspaper in Finland today, Helsingin Sanomat.

Juhani Aho, originally Johannes Brofeldt, September Lapinlahti – 8 August Helsinki) was a Finnish author and journalist.

Maria Jotuni (1880–1943) was a notable Finnish author and a playwright. Maria Jotuni was born in Kuopio, where she also has a school named after her.

Maria Jotuni was a notable Finnish author and a playwright. Maria Jotuni was born in Kuopio, where she also has a school named after her.

Johan Vilhelm #Snellman (1806–1881) was an influential philosopher and Finnish statesman ("Father of the Finnish state"). In his 30s he was barred from university employment due to Russian control over new and oppositional thoughts (Finnish movement). He took a position as headmaster for a school in distant Kuopio. There he published polemical periodicals which advocated for developing Finnish into a language of the academics and state. The papers were suppressed, but Snellman didn't relent.

Johan Vilhelm #Snellman (1806–1881) was an influential philosopher and Finnish statesman ("Father of the Finnish state"). In his 30s he was barred from university employment due to Russian control over new and oppositional thoughts (Finnish movement). He took a position as headmaster for a school in distant Kuopio. There he published polemical periodicals which advocated for developing Finnish into a language of the academics and state. The papers were suppressed, but Snellman didn't relent.

Pekka #Halonen (1865–1933) was a Finnish painter and professor. He is known for winter nature paintings, especially snowy forest landscapes. Halonen studied in Paris under Paul #Gauguin. He was born in #Lapinlahti and was active in the artist community of Kuopio during its golden age just before the turn to 20th century. Later he was part of Tuusulanjärvi artist community.

Pekka Halonen September 1865 – 1 December was a painter of Finnish landscapes and people.