(b. 1873, Hamina, d. 1917, Ähtäri)


Gouache, watercolour, 270 x 180 mm
Ateneumin Taidemuseo, Helsinki

Encouraged by his teacher Gallen-Kallela, who recognized his talents as a watercolourist, Simberg transposed experiences of nature into often frightening figures which at times bear only a general resemblance to mankind. He proclaims the unity of creature and cosmos in his small-format works in impressive fashion. He refused to provide commentaries on his paintings but hoped that "people, when looking at them, would weep and wail in their innermost heart of hearts".

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