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LAKE KEITELE: A VISION OF FINLAND

Discover Finland’s silvery lakes and towering forests at the National Gallery this winter with a special exhibition around Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Lake Keitele.

A leading figure in modern Finnish painting, Akseli Gallen-Kallela was mesmerised by the beauty of the Finnish landscape. Working at the turn of the century, by the mid-1890s he had become obsessed with the epic of 'Kalevala': a poem which celebrated the mythical origins of ancient Finland.

This National Gallery exhibition reunites the four versions of one of the favourite paintings in their collection – Lake Keitele– and provides a detailed investigation into the canvas’s composition by displaying all four versions of the hypnotic landscape side by side in the order in which the artist is believed to have painted them.

The paintings feature alongside other works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, showing the significance of this early Nordic modernist landscape.

Lake Keitele: A vision of Finland
The National Gallery
15 November 2017 – 4 February 2018