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Akseli Gallen-Kallela
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Birth Date:April 26, 1865
Astrology Sign:Taurus
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Died Date:March 7, 1931


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Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Biography:Akseli Gallen-Kallela (April 26, 1865 - March 7, 1931) was a Finnish painter who is most of all known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic (illustration, below).

He was born Axél Waldemar Gallén in Pori (in Swedish Björneborg), Finland. His father Peter Gallén worked as police chief and lawyer. At the age of 11 he was sent to Helsinki to study at a grammar school. He also attended drawing classes at the Finnish Art Society.

In 1884 he moved to Paris, to study at the Académie Julian. In Paris he became friends with the Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt, the Norwegian painter Adam Dörnberger, and the Swedish writer August Strindberg.

In 1890 he married Mary Slöör. The couple had three children, Impi Marjatta, Kirsti and Jorma. On their honeymoon to East Karelia, Gallen-Kallela started collecting material for his depictions of the Kalevala.

For the Paris World Fair in 1900 Gallen-Kallela painted frescoes for the Finnish Pavilion. He also painted the frescoes for the Jusélius Mausoleum in Pori between 1901 and 1903. The frescoes were destroyed during World War II but later repainted by the artist's son Jorma.

He officially finnicized his name to the more Finnish sounding Akseli Gallen-Kallela in 1907.

Between 1911 and 1913 he designed and built a studio and house at Tarvaspää about 10 km north of the centre of Helsinki.

In 1918 the regent, General Mannerheim invited Gallen-Kallela to design the flags, official decorations and uniforms for the newly independent Finland. In 1919 he was appointed aide-de-camp to Mannerheim.

In 1925 he began the illustrations for his "Great Kalevala". This was still unfinished when he died in Stockholm on 1931-03-07, while returning from a lecture in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 1961, his studio and house at Tarvaspää was opened as the Gallen-Kallela Museum which houses some of his works and research facilities on Gallen-Kallela.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela's Personality Tarot Card The Hierophant - Personality Card

Birthday: April 26, 1865

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela's Growth Tarot Card The Emperor

Birthday: April 26, 2017

Material success, stability, authority and ambition.




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