Delicacy and strength
The public sculptures of Emil Wikström (1864-1942) have gained an important place in the art history of Finland. Wikström was a versatile and prolific sculptor, whose free works featured n exhibitions from 1886 onwards. Along with his fellow-artists Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Pekka Halonen and Eero Järnefelt, he drew his inspiration from National Romanticism. Finland and her natural beauty and people were the foundation on which they created their art. All of them chose realism as the starting point in their drive to achieve artistic and national ideals.
Emil Wikström - Delicacy and Strength were the Gösta Serlachius Museum of Fine Arts special exhibition in 2002. It features those of the sculptor's most central works which are small enough to move. The small pieces and portraits by Wikström, who was known as "The Master of Visavuori", are excellent demonstrations of delicacy and strenght of the shaping hands through which the artist and deft artisan expressed himself. This book, published in conjuction with the exhibition, presents in pictures and essays all of the 54 sculptures and reliefs as well as the selection of 20 medals. Included are all of the Wikström creations that have gained the status of classics in museum collections, in addition to several landmark works now in private collections, and which have not been publicly exhibited since the early 20th century.
Exhibition publication: Maritta Pitkänen, Juha Ivas
Editor: Helena Hänninen
Visual and graphic design: Olavi Hankimo
Tammerpaino, Tampere, 2002
Published by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation
Publication available also in Swedish language: Kraft och känsla. The Finnish version is sold out.
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