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Tyko Sallinen


Tyko Sallinen (1879-1955) "Siblings", 1917. Oil on Canvas (Does not include VAT, Margin Tax)

Tyko Sallinen was one of the first Finnish Modernists to emphasise the power of emotion and the importance of individuality. In only a few years' time Sallinen became the leading proponent of the younger generation who depicted the Finnish landscape and people with unprecedented candour. The peak of his extensive output coincided with the 1910s.

His father was a member of the fanatical puritan sect the Hihhulit, and to escape this religious atmosphere he ran away from home at the age of 14. He then travelled around Sweden for several years working as a tailor's apprentice and later in life supported himself through tailoring. After returning to Finland he entered the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Association in 1902 and also trained at the Finnish Central School of Applied Arts, both in Helsinki. He then travelled to Denmark in 1904, had his first exhibition in Helsinki in 1906 and in 1907 worked with the artists Jalmari Ruokokoski and Juho Mäkelä. In 1909 Sallinen made his first trip to Paris, where he stayed for nine months studying the work of Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin and the Fauves. He was particularly influenced by Kees van Dongen's use of colour. This contact with French art led him towards an Expressionist style in his own work, and while in France he executed a number of landscapes using thick paint and bright colours.

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