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Early days:

     Akseli Gallen Kallela was a painter born on April 26,1865 in Pori, Finland. He is well known for his illustrations of the Kalevala which is the Finnish national epic. His work was considered very significant for the Finnish national identity. Akseli Gallen Kallela learnt drawing at the Finnish Art Society.


Akseli Gallen Kallela

Personal Details:

Akseli Gallen Kallela
Place of birth
Pori, Finland
Date of Birth
April 26,1865
Date of Death
March 7,1931
Romantic nationalism, Realism



   He got married to Mary Sloor in 1890.Initially when he was in Paris his paintings involved several romantic works based on the Kalevala as well as other landscapes. By 1894,he shifted to Berlin to personally oversee the combined exhibition of his collections with the works of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.In 1895,one of his daughters had expired.After this, his paintings consisted of  extremely violent paintings like "The Defense of the Sampo”, “Joukahainen's Revenge”, and “Lemminkainen's Mother”.

Works of Akseli Gallen Kallela:


Joukahainen's Revenge Ilmarinen Plowing the Field of Vipers