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.
Joukahainen is a character in the Kalevala, the Finnish epic poem of fifty parts. He is the rival of the main character, Väinämöinen. After losing a singing contest, he pledges his sister Aino to Väinämöinen, but she drowns herself rather than marry him. Joukahainen, still envious of Väinämöinen, then shoots the stag of his rival from under him, plunging him into the waters of Pohjola.
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Pekka Halonen’s Nature Paintings
Pekka Halonen was a part of the blossoming of the Finnish arts at the end of the 19th century. Halonen’s paintings focus almost exclusively on nature, and people interacting with the natural …
The Defense of the Sampo (Sammon puolustus) is a 1896 Romantic nationalist painting by Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The painting illustrates a passage from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century.
The great pike, from whose jaws Väinämöinen made the magic kantele with which he sang to sleep the forces of the north allowing him to steal the Sampo, as told in the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. This fresco is by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, painted in 1928. It can be seen in the entrance hall of the Finnish National Museum in Helsinki.