1865: Axel Waldemar Gallén is born in Pori, on the west coast of the Grand Duchy of Finland. At the time, this country was part of the Russian Empire. 1876: Gallén enters the Swedish language grammar school in Helsinki, the capital of the Grand Duchy. He takes evening classes in drawing. 1881: At the age of 16, he leaves school and devotes himself to art. 1884: In the autumn, he leaves Finland for Paris. 1890: Marries Mary Helena Slöör. Honeymoon in Karelia 1893: Gallén supports the cause of the Young Finns, a movement that set out to strengthen the cultural identity of Finland. 1895: Stays in Berlin, where he is well known in avant-garde circles. The sudden death of his daughter brings him back to Finland. In the summer, he moves to Ruovesi, where he has a combined house and studio built. 1898: Trip to Italy. 1900: Presentation of Gallén's works in the Finnish pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. 1905: Gallén joins Finnish passive resistance to Russian oppression. 1907: The artist officially adopts the name Akseli Gallen-Kallela, a Finnish sounding name. 1909-1910: Trip to Equatorial Africa. 1917: Finland gains Independence. Gallen-Kallela takes part in the ensuing civil war in the ranks of the "Whites", led by General Carl Gustav Mannerheim. 1923-1926: Trip to the United States. 1928: Decorates the cupola inside the National Museum in Helsinki. 1931: Gallen-Kallela dies of pneumonia in Stockholm.