Portrait of artist Väinö Kamppuri by Ilamri Aalto

Väinö Kamppuri was a Finnish painter, held his first private exhibition in 1926 in the Helsinki Art Gallery. The themes of the Kamppuri paintings were the Hämäläinen cultural landscape and the melancholy cityscape. He lived from 1938 until his death, ie for more than 30 years in Häme, in Mierola, Hattula. He also painted Lapland’s landscapes, for example, during the summer of 1936-1938 he painted in Petsamo. The couple traveled in France and Spain and elsewhere in Europe, and traveled from these trips to their work.

Title: Portrait of artist Väinö Kamppuri
Creator: Aalto, Ilmari
Date Created: 1917
Type: oil painting
From the collection of
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Ilmari Aalto
August 7, 1891 – September 29, 1934

Ilmari Aalto was a Finnish painter and one of the country’s first cubists in the 1910s. He was a member of the November group, who grew up around the expressionist Tyko Sallinen. Aalto painted structural layouts, as well as landscape and portrait images. Aalto studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1907 to 1908 and the Finnish Art Society drawing school from 1908 to 1910.

Most of Aalto’s landscape paintings are views of Töölö and Suursaari. Aalto’s landscape painting is also shown Restaurant Eliel Brussels, Helsinki railway station. The rear wall of the landscape design of Eero Järnefelt and A. W. Finch were the most involved, but only three artist Ilmari Aalto dared to climb high ladders to take the painting.

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Aalto started with Expressionism, but also discovered cubism in 1914. An Edvard Munch exhibition at the Ateneum soon after his graduation, had a strong influenced on Aalto and built on the expressionist influences; cubists and expressionists exhibition were seen in Finland in 1914, and were accompanied by key artists, among other things, the German Der Blaue Reiter.

After the 1920 trip to Paris, Aalto began to use more colors and strong brush strokes instead of the previous greyish palette. Later, while visiting Paris in 1928 he adopted a more realistic expression, clear contours and unmixed colors. Ilmari Aalto says that many works have been destroyed in self-critique.

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Esbo, Finland

The Museum of Modern Art in Espoo (Finnish: Espoon modernin taiteen museo) is a modern art museum located in Espoo, Finland.With 5,000 square meters, it is the largest museum in Finland. The museum has more than 1,900 works.

The Espoo Museum of Modern Art presents art with long-term perspective: from its roots in the 19th century to contemporary art.