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June 02, 2018

Stories of Finnish Art - Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Lemminkäinen's Mother' (1897)

"Akseli Gallen-Kallela painted some powerful interpretations of the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala. Among the most moving of these was the Symbolist painting Lemminkäinen's Mother, in which youthful bravado and recklessness have driven the hero to destruction. The scene is set in the realm of the dead, by the river of Tuonela, from which there is no return. And yet the power of a mother’s love transcends the bounds of humanity, and the dead awaken to life. The film takes the viewer deep into another world, into limbo, into a land that does not exist."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 2, 2018 11:09 AM