Lac Keitele, Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Lac Keitele [Keitele], 1905
Oil on canvas, 53 × 66 cm
London, The National Gallery,
AKSELI GALLEN-KALLELA -Lac Keitele, 1905
Displayed together for the first time, these contemplative variations on the theme of Lake Keitele in Finland,
where the artist stayed from 1904, play on the silver tones of a silent landscape. At a time when Finland was seeking to affirm its identify in the face of Russian domination, the painter also called forth a national myth. The scintillating bands on the surface of the water evoke the wake left by the boat of a hero of the Kalevala, the epic 19th century poem that recounts the country’s founding. Yet the dominant theme here remains the immersion in a timeless nature.
Pori (Finland) 26 April 1865 – Stockholm 7 March 1931