Classics on tour 2017
The Ateneum's most beloved classics – Helene Schjerfbeck's The Convalescent (1888) and Eero Järnefelt's Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893) – will go on tour to eleven Finnish art museums, as part of Finland's centenary celebrations.
Starting in February 2017, The Convalescent will be on display at the Åland Islands Art Museum in Mariehamn, the Tampere Art Museum, the K. H. Renlund Museum in Kokkola, the Kemi Art Museum, the Sámi Museum Siida in Inari, and the Rauma Art Museum. Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) will be on display at the Turku Art Museum, the Hämeenlinna Art Museum, the Lappeenranta Art Museum, the Joensuu Art Museum, and the Jyväskylä Art Museum. The works will tour the art museums in the order mentioned above. The works will be on display at each museum for approximately a month. Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) will be on display at the Turku Art Museum 2 May - 11 June 2017. Follow the works on tour.
Eero Järnefelt: Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893)
Burning existing vegetation used to be a common method for making soil fertile for cultivation. Järnefelt partly painted this picture – depicting peasants toiling in Savo – outdoors at a slash-and-burn site. At later stages he also used photographs he had taken of people and landscapes. The European trends of realism and naturalism were also eagerly adopted by Finnish art. Järnefelt specialised in Finnish subjects. This is his most famous work and an icon of the golden age of Finnish art. The poignant motif sparked a debate about the rights of the poor population.