akseli gallen-kallela [1905] lake keitele

αριστερά μετά την είσοδο, στην πρώτη αίθουσα της national gallery συνωστισμός από έργα. gaughan, διάσημα ηλιοτρόπια, πιο πέρα ένας picasso, cezanne, seurat κι άλλοι πολλοί, τραβάνε την προσοχή του κόσμου που στέκεται και θαυμάζει. στη γωνία του ίδιου δωματίου όμως, κάπως παραγνωρισμένος, λίγο πιο σκοτεινός, κρέμεται ο αγαπημένος μου πίνακας της συλλογής. απεικονίζει τη λίμνη keitele με το μικρό της νησί και το πνεύμα του väinämöinen να πλανάται από πάνω της. οι γκρίζες λωρίδες πάνω στον καμβά, συμβολίζουν την κίνηση του μυθικού ήρωα στη λίμνη. κι οι αντανακλάσεις στο νερό, το βαθύ πράσινο από τα δένδρα της φινλανδικής γης, είναι ένα ευχάριστο προσκλητήριο στιγμών: αεροφωτογραφικές εικόνες από λίμνες απέραντες, μπύρες με τα φιλαράκια δίπλα στο ποτάμι, κι ένα λευκό απόγευμα του δεκέμβρη-παραμονή της μέρας της ανεξαρτησίας- στο σπίτι του γιόνι, στο ήσυχο προάστιο….

3 Responses to “akseli gallen-kallela [1905] lake keitele”

  1. αμβρόσιος Says:

    [απο το nationalgallery.org.uk]

    Lake Keitele, 1905
    1865 – 1931

    A leading figure in modern Finnish painting, Gallen-Kallela first worked at Lake Keitele, north of Helsinki, in summer 1904. This landscape is his third and most elaborate depiction of the lake, and he exhibited it in Helsinki that same year. The painting is signed with the Swedish form of the artist’s name; in later years he used the Finnish form, as above, by which he is best known today.

    Oil on canvas
    53 x 66 cm.

    The country we now know as Finland was dominated by Sweden from 1323 until 1809, when it became a Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire. It eventually gained full independence with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

    For most of this time Swedish was Finland’s official language, and Finnish was mainly spoken by peasants. In this painting, made in 1905, the artist has still signed his name with the Swedish spelling, ‘Axel Gallén’.

    In 1835 the scholar Elias Lönnrot published a collection of old Finnish folk songs with the aim of creating an official Finnish literature. Lönnrot’s ‘Kalevala’ was an epic story of Finland’s mythical past and as such became a symbol for the struggle for independence and national identity.

    The ‘Kalevala’ provided inspiration for the work of composer Jean Sibelius, architect Eliel Saarinen, and in painting, the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

    Gallen Kallela trained in Paris, and met avant-garde artists there and in Berlin. He regularly exhibited abroad, once with the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

    Like many of his contemporaries Gallen-Kallela moved away from realism, and in an effort to express deeper meaning in his painting he adopted the ‘primitivist’ style of Gauguin, painting the Finnish landscape with simplified forms, exaggerated colours and decorative patterns.

    The epic ‘Kalevala’ tells the story of Väinämöinen. Born miraculously, he was a boat builder, fisherman, singer and enchanter. With fire taken from the belly of a fish and the jawbone of a giant pike he made the Finnish folk instrument, the ‘kantele’ with whose music he bewitched all living creatures.

    At the end of the epic Väinämöinen departs, promising to return when he is needed, bringing new light and new songs.

    The grey bands which streak across the sparkling waters of Lake Keitele reflect the patterns of the wind. In Finnish this phenomenon is known as ‘Väinämöinen’s Wake’, left by the passage of the hero of the myth of ‘Kalevala’, as he rows across the lake in his copper boat.

  2. Mirandolina Says:

    ούτε ακουστά, η άσχετη!

    καλό μήνα εκπαιδευτικέ μου Αμπροζ!

  3. αμβρόσιος Says:

    καλό μήνα, κούκλα!!

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