This is Gallen-Kallela’s personal version of the old Madonna and child theme. In this painting the Virgin Mary is the artist’s wife, Mary, and in the place of the Christ child there is the family’s first-born, Marjatta.
The painting dates from 1891, a year after the couple were married. In the background there are many peasant objects and tools that Gallén brought from his honeymoon trip to Russian Karelia. The dates from the early stages of so-called Karelianism, when Finnish artists journeyed east, seeking, like Gallén, the lands of the Kalevala epic and its rune-singer people.
60 x 40 cm | 15 € + postal charge 25 €