The Greengrocer by the Dutch genre painter Pieter Aertsen (1508–1575) describes two market vendors displaying their abundant supply. Market views were often used as pictorial motifs in Dutch art. However, this innocent description of a market reveals itself, when you scrutinize it a bit more closely, as something completely different... http://www.serlachius.fi/en/collections/pearl-of-the-month/49-pieter-aertsen-the-greengrocer/
Self-portrait of Gallen-Kallela / The man depicted in the drawing is 32 year-old Axel Gallén (1865–1931) who less than ten years later adopted a more original Finnish artist name Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The drawing was completed at his studio home Kalela at Ruovesi.
Harvesters in Boat II from 1924. / Ellen Thesleft. Man’s connection to nature is one of the cornerstones of Ellen Thesleff’s art. This reveals itself best in the paintings she painted at her summerhouse in Ruovesi. The water element and the journey by boat with its symbolism are intertwined in an especially impressive way in the large scaled painting Harvesters in Boat II, more: http://www.serlachius.fi/en/collections/pearl-of-the-month/50-harvesters/
BRIDAL SAUNA/ Robert Wilhelm Edman / One of the Finnish wedding traditions of old times was the bride’s sauna bathing before the wedding. The aim of the sauna ritual was, apart from the bride making herself beautiful, her preparation for her following life stage, and her symbolically giving up her former life. The bridal sauna was decorated with straws or twigs from leaf trees, and the boards were covered with clean sheets.
IN A BOAT ACROSS THE RIVER OF DEATH Man’s connection to nature is one of the cornerstones of Ellen Thesleff’s art. This reveals itself best in the paintings she painted at her summerhouse in Ruovesi. The water element and the journey by boat with its symbolism are intertwined in an especially impressive way in the large scaled painting Harvesters in Boat II from 1924. The work was acquired to the collection of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation in 2016.
A SELF-PORTRAIT OF ERIC O. W. EHRSTRÖM FROM 1933 – DURING THE PERIOD AFTER HIS LOSING HIS RIGHT HAND, more: http://www.serlachius.fi/en/collections/pearl-of-the-month/6-a-self-portrait-of-eric-o-w-ehrstrom/
FINNISH SOLDIERS IN THE WAR OF 1808 – 1809 / Albert Edelfelt painted Finnish Soldiers in the War of 1808 – 1809, one of his key works, and one of the best known paintings in Finnish art history. Finnish Soldiers in the War of 1808 – 1809 is a history painting depicting brave Finnish soldiers marching in a wintry landscape. As a result of the Russo-Swedish war, Finland was separated from the Swedish kingdom, and annexed to the Russian empire as an autonomous grand duchy.
Factory landscape in Ladoga Karelia / Pekka Halonen / The artworks depict a view of a snowy factory site with its chimneystack and buildings made of bricks or painted with red ochre paint. The artist has outlined one of the paintings so that behind the snow stack standing on the foreground, one can see a dammed rapid through which the water from Jänisjärvi flows toward Lake Ladoga.
MARIA RAUNIO, MODEL FOR GALLEN-KALLELA’S PAINTING – A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT WITH AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BACKGROUND “When women have had no direct influence whatsoever on legislation, this has resulted in their being subject to all the laws created by men, no matter how difficult and inconvenient for women these laws have been.” This was written by Maria Raunio, who as a young woman had been the model for Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s painting A Girl in the Old Church at Keuruu.
ERIK ENROTH, CAFÉ COLOMBIA (1971) The year 2017 marks the centenary of Finland’s independency as well as 100th anniversary of artist Erik Enroth (1917–1975). Three paintings by Enroth have been included in the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s collection: Still-life with Chicken and Fish (1953), A Fruit Market in Spain (1955) and Cafe Colombia, which represents the artist’s late output. Born in Helsinki, Enroth relocated to Tampere after having been married to Sara Hildén in 1949.
ART CONNOISSEURS AT THE SALONS OF THE GENTILE A circle was closed when the painting Art Connoisseurs in the Louvre by Gunnar Berndston – a relative of the family of de la Chapelle on his mother’s side – ended up to become the pearl of Gösta Serlachius’ art collection in 1929, after a multifaceted history of ownership. A couple of years earlier, the daughter of Gösta Serlachius, Kersti (aka Stina), had been married to baron Claes de la Chapelle. Gunnar Berndtson (1854-1895) is a renowned…