The Finnish national gallery Ateneum shows an exhibition called "Illusions of reality" (Arjen sankarit) 18/2 - 16/5 2011. I am very impressed by the exhibition's way of showing something new out from these traditional arts. Taken from the Ateneum's website "In the rapidly industrialising Europe of the late 19th century, Naturalism became one of the dominant movements in painting, literature and theatre. The themes of the paintings included the realities of contemporary society and the everyday lives of ordinary people. These themes were drawn from the hot topics of modern life. Labourers, farmers, the affluent middle classes - all layers of society served as subjects."
|Boy with a crow (1884) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela|
|Le pére Jacques (1881) by Jules Bastien-Lepage|
|Conveying the Child's Coffin (1879) by Albert Edelfelt|
|Under the Yoke (1893) by Eero Järnefelt|