Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (left-hand panel). The young Aino's first meeting with Väinämöinen. Aino has been promised in marriage to Väinämöinen since her brother, Joukahainen, lost a magic singing contest to him. Perhaps understandably, she would rather die.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (left-hand panel). The young Aino's first meeting with Väinämöinen. Aino has been promised in marriage to Väinämöinen since her brother, Joukahainen, lost a magic singing contest to him. Perhaps understandably, she would rather die.

Kalevala illustration by Martta Wendelin

Kalevala illustration by Martta Wendelin

An illustration by Martta Wendelin, a Finnish artist (1893-1886).

An illustration by Martta Wendelin, a Finnish artist (1893-1886).

Postikortti tarinoita: Kalevala: Martta Wendelin

Postikortti tarinoita: Kalevala: Martta Wendelin

Kalevala dwellers frolicking (card by Martta Wendelin)

Kalevala dwellers frolicking (card by Martta Wendelin)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Lemminkäinen and the great serpent.  Joseph Alanen (1885-1920).  The Kalevala.

Lemminkäinen and the great serpent. Joseph Alanen (1885-1920). The Kalevala.

Sigfrid August Keinänen - Kullervo paimenessa, 1896 - Finland - Finnish cows, dog ... Looks like he's texting on a smartphone!

Sigfrid August Keinänen - Kullervo paimenessa, 1896 - Finland - Finnish cows, dog ... Looks like he's texting on a smartphone!

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, '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.

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