I admit I have a presumption that the Finnish art scene and artists do not get much notice in other countries. I am guessing that many of us recognize names like Kahlo, Dali, Picasso, and Munch even though not having a spectacular art interest.
No Finnish artist has this kind of mighty name in the world art. However, we have so much to offer whether you are a hardcore art fan, have a casual interest in the topic or are dragged involuntarily to museums.
Personally, I love the Golden Age of Finnish art, which happened z. 1870-1920. This time was an era of nationalism ideas with symbolism and realistic-naturalistic approach.
Artists created Finnish nature and people inspired paintings, expressing both everyday and difficult subjects that were not talked in public. Many artists show a remarkable variety, developing their signature style.
To me, each painting has a story behind it – a hidden agenda, sometimes funny, sometimes serious. Children were a popular subject of the time, so I’ll do a small alternative art tour with the little ones. Below, my alternative titles for a couple of my favorites from the Golden Age.
Varpu’s tour of famous Finnish artists and their work
“That peaceful moment before your mum found you wrapped in toilet paper.”
The big audience knows this painting as Convalescent, painted in 1888, by Helene Schjerbeck (1862-1946).
“A weekend in the summer cottage without wifi.”
Most people know this one as Reclining Boy (1892) by Magnus Enckell (1870-1925).
“Sunbathing with foil.”Untitled portrait of a sleeping child by Maria Wiik (1853-1928).
“A realization you are seriously not getting enough pocket money for your chores.”
One of the most famous paintings of this era. Burning the Brushwood (1893) by Eero Järnefelt (1863-1937).
“What having children is like, in an imaginary world.”
This beautiful painting from 1881 is by Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905), titled as Good Friends.
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