Illustration for Seitsemän veljestä (Seven Brothers) by Aleksis Kivi
India ink 1907
"For Kivi and Gallen-Kallela, nature, and the forest in particular, was both a place of refuge and a source of inspiration, in Kivi’s words the longing for ‘the fresh womb of nature’."
”And Kivi then?– I didn’t find out about him until I was 26. He appeared to me as a figure of divine grandeur. My own world rushed forth towards me from his works. I had spent my life until then in his spirit, seeking in nature and the common people the same things that he had, and now he gave it all to me again in the powerful clarity of his poetry, deepening my inner world and opening new paths for my quest.”
(Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Kallela-kirja, 1924.)
The Gallen-Kallela Museum