Pearl of the month An oil painting called Myllykylän sawmill (1899) by the artist Pekka Halonen was purchased for the collection of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation in 1997. The painting depicts a landscape of a place called Myllykylä in the parish of Sortavala, in the part of Karelia ceded to the Soviet Union after the Second World War.
Art Connoisseurs in the Louvre
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…