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1) Akseli Gallen-Kallela, born in Pori, Finland on April 26, 1865 to March 7, 1931 (age 65), was a Finnish painter who is best known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic.

2) His work is considered a very important aspect of Finnish national identity. In 1879, he attended drawing classes at the Finnish Art Society (1881 to 1884) & studied privately under Adolf von Becker.

3) In 1884 he moved to Paris, to study at the Academie Julian. In December 1894, he moved to Berlin to oversee the joint exhibition of his works with Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

4) In March 1895, his trip was ended when he found out his daughter's death from diphtheria. His work had changed afterwards, from romantic to aggressive works.

5) He was the first Finnish artist to paint south of the Sahara, &he totaled over 150 expressionistic works. In Dec. 1923, he moved to the U.S., & he went to an art colony to study Native American art.

6) His studio and house at Tarvaspaa was opened as the Gallen-Kallela Museum in 1961; it houses some of his works and research facilities on Gallen-Kallela himself.

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