The Visit: Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt
At the beginning of the 20th century, Eero Järnefelt (1863–1937) and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt (1863–1945), two classics from the Golden Age of Finnish art, worked in the well-known Finnish artist community at Lake Tuusula. In Järvenpää, on the picturesque shores of Lake Tuusula, a community of National Romantic artists developed in the 1890s, with the artists Eero Järnefelt, Venny Soldan-Brofeldt and Pekka Halonen, as well as the composer Jean Sibelius and the writer Juhani Aho at its core. The peak of Eero Järnefelt’s and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt’s creative period coincided with the time that the visual idiom of the Finnish identity and national ideal was taking shape. The works included in the exhibition – colourful landscapes, portraits of the artist’s community and compositions focused on everyday life – come from the rich collection of the Järvenpää Art Museum. Curator: Hanna Nikander (Järvenpää Art Museum).
Eero Järnefelt. Sarvikallio – Christian and Nelma. 1912. Järvenpää Art Museum. Photo: Matias Uusikylä