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Aaltonen, Wäinö

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art
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Oliver Parfitt

Aaltonen, Wäinö 

(1894–1966).

Finnish sculptor born near Turku. He studied at the School of Drawing of the Turku Art Association. His first significant works were commemorative monuments produced after the civil war of 1918, the most ambitious being The Hero's Grave at Savonlinna. A large exhibition of his work was held in Stockholm in 1927, which strengthened his reputation as the outstanding representative of the Finnish national character and way of life. Among his most famous monuments are: the five allegorical figures on the theme Work and the Future for the assembly hall of the new House of Parliament opened in 1931; and the statue to the author Alexis Kivi in front of the Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki. Other works include a bronze monument to the runner Paavo Nurmi (1925; Turku and Helsinki), his series of granite nudes Young Girls Paddling (1925; Turku, Aaltonen Mus.) and The Tax Collector (1929; Tampere). He also did portrait busts of Sibelius (1928) and Queen Louise of Sweden (1942).

Oliver Parfitt

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