A Passion for Finland

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. 

If you want to see about the development of one of the unsung great creative artists and you are anywhere near Paris go and see this remarkable exhibition.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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