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Eero Järnefelt: Summer Night Moon, 1889. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Antti Kuivalainen


Nature appreciation took on a new cast in early 19th century romanticism. Art would henceforth convey the beauty and magnificence of nature’s views.

The concept of the sublime was developed in philosophy. Landscape paintings embodied the sublime in views of mountains, cloud formations in the sky, or the turbulent waters of rapids. There was an increasing interest in wild northern nature.

As far back as the early 19th century, Finnish landscapes were captured on lithographs, which were then sold in portfolios. The pictures also included some built environments. The idea originally came from the writer Zachris Topelius, according to whom nature, people and culture are a single entity. An opposite view was held by the poet J. L. Runeberg, whose romantic idea was that untamed nature and pristine wilderness represent the very opposite of culture and were important for that very reason. An untouched lake landscape seen from high above was, for a long time, an ideal type of Finnish landscape.

Werner Holmberg

Werner Holmberg (1830–1860) was considered an artistic prodigy in his time. Although his career remained short, he had a crucial influence on Finnish landscape painting. He was the first Finnish artist of note to study art in Düsseldorf, Germany. Holmberg combined the academic studio tradition with a realistic style of painting that was close to nature. He wandered in the outdoors with a sketchbook, recording his impressions. This enabled him to impart a sense of realism and credibility to the painting when completed in the studio. Consumption cut his career short at the age of just 29.

Fanny Churberg: Burnt Clearing, Landscape from Uusimaa, 1872. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Ahlström. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jukka Romu
the Ateneum Collection on Tour

The exhibition will be on show at the Rovaniemi Art Museum 6 January – 23 April 2017 Oulu Museum of Art 13 May – 17 September 2017 Kuopio Art Museum 6 October 2017 – 4 March 2018

Maria Wiik: Girl Carding, 1883. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Kirsi Halkola

An idealised picture of the Finnish people was constructed in the last decades of the 19th century. Both peasants and gentlefolk were depicted in a romantic light.

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A major exhibition on the von Wright brothers to open at the Ateneum

  From 27 October 2017 to 25 February 2018, the Ateneum Art Museum will host the exhibition The von Wright Brothers. The artist brothers Magnus, Wilhelm and Ferdinand von Wright are known as painters of portraits, landscapes, and nature subjects, especially birds, and as…

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