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…
Ferdinand von Wright
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.
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.
Magnus von Wright
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.
Johan Vilhelm Snellman
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.
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…
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.