Robert Wilhelm Ekman, 1868 - Kreeta Haapasalo Playing the Kantele in a Peasant Cottage - fine art print
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Original artwork information by the museum's website (© Copyright - by Finnish National Gallery - Finnish National Gallery)
In this painting by Robert Wilhelm Ekman, a group of attentive listeners has gathered around a woman playing the kantele. In addition to the mistress of the house, there are female members of the gentry with their children, a fisherman mending his nets and a pipe-smoking soldier. The melody has also captured the attention of the daughter of the house, busy by the cupboard, and the son, who sits on the floor carving wood.
The woman playing, Kreeta Haapasalo, was a well-known folk musician who supported her family during the famine years of the 1860s as an itinerant musician playing the kantele and singing poetry. The interest taken by the educated classes in the roots of the Finnish people made her greatly popular. Kreeta Haapasalo was viewed as the personification of the ancient Kalevala traditions, an interpreter who could connect with the very origins of everything that was genuinely Finnish.
Ekman was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. His output is characterized by his passionate interest in the history of the Finnish people and the life of the common people. Following trips to France and Italy, Ekman returned to Finland for good in 1845 and, for the rest of his life, worked as the head teacher of the Turku Drawing School, established in the following year. The artist’s great but unfulfilled dream was to illustrate the national epic, the Kalevala.
Ekman’s depictions of life in Finland were well received. This work reflects idealistic view of the Finnish people and the values of civilization which transcend social class boundaries. This togetherness and harmony is further emphasised by the printed picture of the beloved Tsar Alexander I on the wall, benignly looking down on his subjects.
Robert Wilhelm Ekman (1808–1873): Kreeta Haapasalo Playing the Kantele in a Peasant Cottage / Kreeta Haapasalo soittaa kannelta talonpoikaistuvassa artist / taiteilija: Robert Wilhelm Ekman (1808–1873)
title / teosnimi: Kreeta Haapasalo Playing the Kantele in a Peasant Cottage / Kreeta Haapasalo soittaa kannelta talonpoikaistuvassa
Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo
inv. no. A I 42
photo / kuva: Finnish National Gallery / Kansallisgalleria / Antti Kuivalainen
Interesting facts about this more than 150 years old artwork
The modern art work of art titled Kreeta Haapasalo Playing the Kantele in a Peasant Cottage was painted by Robert Wilhelm Ekman in 1868. The 150 year-old version of the artpiece measures the size: 75 cm x 105 cm and was made with the medium oil on canvas. Nowadays, this work of art can be viewed in in the digital collection of Finnish National Gallery, which is the largest Finnish art museum and a national cultural institution under the direction of the Finnish Ministry of Education. It is made up of the Ateneum, the Kiasma, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum and the central art archives.. With courtesy of - Finnish National Gallery (license: public domain).: . Further, the alignment is landscape and has a ratio of 1.4 : 1, which means that the length is 40% longer than the width.
Structured information on the artwork
|Painting title:||"Kreeta Haapasalo Playing the Kantele in a Peasant Cottage"|
|General category:||modern art|
|Age of artwork:||150 years old|
|Painted on:||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions of the original artpiece:||75 cm x 105 cm|
|Museum / location:||Finnish National Gallery|
|Place of the museum:||Helsinki, Finnland|
|Website of the museum:||Finnish National Gallery|
|Artwork license type:||public domain|
|Courtesy of:||Finnish National Gallery|
|Product type:||art print|
|Method of reproduction:||digital reproduction|
|Production technique:||UV direct printing (digital print)|
|Production:||made in Germany|
|Type of stock:||on demand production|
|Product use:||wall picture, art reproduction gallery|
|Side ratio:||length to width 1.4 : 1|
|Aspect ratio meaning:||the length is 40% longer than the width|
|Materials you can choose from:||canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond), poster print (canvas paper)|
|Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) options:||70x50cm - 28x20", 140x100cm - 55x39"|
|Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) options:||70x50cm - 28x20", 140x100cm - 55x39"|
|Poster print (canvas paper):||70x50cm - 28x20"|
|Aluminium print size options:||70x50cm - 28x20", 140x100cm - 55x39"|
|Framing of the art reproduction:||not available|
Structured artist data
|Artist name:||Robert Wilhelm Ekman|
|Additional names:||Ekman Robert Wilhelm, Robert Wilhelm Ekman|
|Gender of the artist:||male|
|Nationality of artist:||Finnish|
|Born in (place):||Uusikaupunki, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland|
|Place of death:||Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland|
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