Visitors to Dublin over the winter months can look forward to a very special exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland which explores the best of Finnish painting and printmaking at the turn of the 19th century. The exhibition features over 70 works which show a mix of native influences with the new international styles, particularly those originating in Paris. Considered one of the lesser-known treasures of European art, Finnish painting is represented in this show by, among others, Eero Järnefelt (1863-1937), and Väinö Blomstedt (1871-1947), who captured the country's distinctive forests, lakes and rivers in a uniquely heroic and symbolic manner. The exhibition also demonstrates how artists depicted legends and myths, and presents an overview of the various trends of early 20th-century Modernism in Finland. A fully illustrated catalogue to the show is available from the Exhibition Desk. The exhibition runs from 8th November until 1st February 2009.
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