We’ve just been to Paris and visited the Musee d’Orsay. It was my first visit and I found it to be a marvellous art-gallery.
What made it a real joy, however, was their exhibition about the Finnish artist, Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
I had seen some of his work in a part-work I used to collect. As a young teacher I used some of his painting to inspire my students’ writing. However, I never knew anything about the artist nor did I know much about his work.
This exhibition brought the man to life. He was incredibly skilled technically and his imagination matched this wonderfully.
What I loved most, and what inspired me most, was that he changed his style and his approach as his interests and passions changed. You would hardly think that the same man was creating such varied work. Yet each one was charged with a passion and intensity which took my breath away and made my heart hammer.