Akseli Gallen-Kallela

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela 2 

The special 2 euro coin struck in honour of the 150th anniversary year of Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931) commemorates the master painter's remarkable oeuvre and influence on the Finnish national character and Finnish painting art. The obverse of the Akseli Gallen-Kallela collector coin depicts a painter's palette, the descending spirit and the Swan of Tuonela. Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) drew his inspiration from Finnish nature, folk culture and legends. The most famous works from Gallen-Kallela's early period include the Realist paintings Boy with a Crow, the Old Woman and the Cat and Démasquée, painted during his art studies in Paris. After this period, Gallen-Kallela moved to a subject that had intrigued him since he was a child – the Finnish epic Kalevala, which gave birth to paintings such as the Aino triptych, the Forging of the Sampo and Lemminkäinen's Mother. The artist also painted the Kalevala-themed frescos for Finland's pavilion at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris. The work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela still touches the core of our national self-esteem. Issue date: 22.10.2015

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Face value2
DesignersHannu Veijalainen, Luc Luycx
MaterialBase metal
MetalCuNi25 / CuZn20Ni5/Ni12/CuZn20Ni5
Weight8.5 g
Diameter25.75 mm
ManufactorMint of Finland
SerieAkseli Gallen-Kallela



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