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Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Imatra, mid 1890s


Finnish landscape painters tended to favour the great open vistas and foaming rapids of their own country. The many artists who made expeditions to experience for themselves the wild scenery of central and eastern regions included Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who felt a deep affinity for Finnish nature. His rendering of the already famous falls at Imatra shows them from above as a monumental, mystical and dreamlike force.