The Life and Art of Sigfried August Keinänen

Sigfrid August Keinänen

Sigfrid August Keinänen (born February 7 1841 in Kuopio – died September 25, 1914 Lempäälä) was a Finnish painter and teacher of drawing, known best now for his portraits and landscapes as well as for his Kalevala artwork. Keinänen’s father was a carpenter in Kuopio carpenter and he himself worked … Continue reading

Maximilian Maksolly – Estonian War Artist


Maximilian Maksolly (actually Feichter, the original spelling of his first name was Maksimilian) was an Estonian painter who is now possibly best remembered for his war art from the time of the Estonian War of Independence. I touch on him in this blog largely because of his series of war … Continue reading

The Life and Art of Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen was a painter of Finnish landscapes and people who would go on to become one of the more notable painters in the world of Finnish Art. This Post provides what’s probably the most detailed information you’ll find on Pekka Halonen in English (there’s not much….) as well as … Continue reading

Jaeger Museum of Finland (Suomen Jääkärimuseo) – Kauhava

Jaeger Museum of Finland

Located within the Natural History Museum of Kauhava, the Jaeger Museum of Finland is a permanent exhibition telling the story of the formation, operations and history of nearly 2000 young men who went to Germany during World War One to learn military skills, with the aim fighting for an independent … Continue reading

An interesting cultural theme of Finnish Film in the 1920’s and 1930’s


An interesting cultural theme of Finnish Film in the 1920’s and 1930’s The golden age of Finnish Film began in the 1930’s, when going to the cinema became a wildly popular pastime. Within this rapid popularity of a new media, an interesting cultural theme of the 1920’s and 1930’s was … Continue reading

Uuno Kailas – Finnish nationalist poet, author, and translator

Uuno Kailas, writer, poet and author of the great nationalist poem, Rajalla.

Uuno Kailas, born Frans Uno Salonen (29 March 1901 – 22 March 1933) was a Finnish poet, author, and translator. After his mother’s death when he was two years old, he received a strict religious upbringing from his grandmother. He studied in Heinola and occasionally in the University of Helsinki. … Continue reading

Miss Finland 1919 – Rauha Aaltonen

Miss Suomi 1919 -Rauha Aaltonen Porista

Miss Finland 1919 – Rauha Aaltonen It is believed that the first beauty contest held in Finland was waaaay back in 1919 – when the winner of Miss Finland 1919 was Miss Rauha Aaltonen of Pori. Coming second was Mrs Viola Hanén, the wife of a doctor wife from Kurikka, while an actress, … Continue reading