Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931).
A Passion for Finland

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Chronology

Axel Gallèn à Konginkagas© DR
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.

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