Friday, September 27, 2013

150th anniversary Eero Järnefelt - Two classic paintings from the golden era of Finnish art 9.9.2013

Stamps being issued in September also celebrate the painter Eero Järnefelt (1863-1937), whose 150th anniversary is marked this year. Järnefelt is regarded as one of the great masters of the golden era of Finnish art, who depicted reality in a realistic yet lyrical way. The large 1st class stamps of the miniature sheet on the cover were designed by Teresa Moorhouse and depict two of Järnefelt's classic paintings from the art collections of the Ateneum  Art  Museum.
Raatajat rahanalaiset (Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood)) from 1893 is a realistic depiction of slash-and-burn agriculture and the living conditions of peasants. The painting is also known as Kaski (Slash and burn). The other painting Metsämaisema (Forest Scene) from 1895 depicts a view from Räsävaara, Koli, with rugged pines. The clouds on the background of the miniature sheet are from Järnefelt's outdoor painting Saimi kedolla (Saimi on a Pasture) from 1892.

Thank you Ella my friend for this pretty FDC.

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