Myth and Nature - in Finland with Gallen-Kallela

Myth and Nature - in Finland with Gallen-Kallela
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Fluffy clouds are mirrored in the water, while snow invents new forms of reality. The profile of a tree cuts through a landscape suddenly, incarnating the solitude of the deep North. In love with his native Finland, Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 - 1931) knew how to portray it with unrivalled poetry. In his paintings, the savage beauty of nature is manifested in all its power, vibrating to the rhythms of the seasons - like a visual symphony, the Scandinavian landscape resounds with sacred and ancestral forces. Soon, the Musée Jacquemart-André offers a large exhibition dedicated to this Finnish master. The exhibition features almost seventy works from international public and private collections, including an exceptional loan from the Gallen-Kallela Museum of Espoo, the legendary studio of the painter which, since 1961, welcomes visitors from around the world. Ten years after the imposing retrospective which revealed the talents of this artist to the public at the Musée d’Orsay, this new project focuses on a particularly intriguing aspect of his work - the passionate and intimate rapport that the painter, a native of the North, cultivated for nature, isolating himself for years in the open country, far from others and all modern comforts. Far from what we might expect, the world of Gallen-Kallela is anything but static - hall after hall, we see the evolution of his painting, between symbolism and naturalism, without forgetting the celebrated paintings dedicated to the mythological sage of Kalevala.
Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Paris