* artists illustrating boys fashions: Eero Järnefel

Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Erik Nikolai Järnefelt (Finland, 1863-1937)

Figure 1.--This is the most famous painting by one of Finland's most notable artists--Eero Järnefel (1863-1937). It depicts the difficult life of the Finnish rural workers. It is entitled 'Under the Yoke' (Burning the Brushwood), meaning slash and burn farming necesary in farming soil that is not vert fertile. And the Sobiet Union invaded Finalnd (1939), seizing the country's most fertile land--Karelia. Finland is a prime example od a country that has built a prosperous ecinomy ny developing a country's most valuable resoitece--its people. Aristically, notice the halo around the girl's head. We even know her name--Johanna Kokkonen. The artist dis not nean to give a zonie like look, but to shiw siit from the fires thatbcovered her face.

Erik Nikolai Järnefelt was a Finnish painter and art professor. He is best known for his portraits and landscapes of the area around Koli National Park. He became essentially the national painter of Finland as so many imprtant people wanted him to paint their poereaits. He also did landscapes, focusing on the area around Koli National Park in central Finland,m a beautiful forested area. His most famous painting is 'Under the Yoke' (Burning the Brushwood). It was first named in words from the 'Kalevala'-- a 19th-century epic poem. It was composed by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology. It became the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is seen as one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. Järnefel painted rge secene in Lapinlahti, Northern Savo. He spent summer 1893 at the Rannan Puurula farmhouse. The tradition of burn-beating was still practiced in the area. This is slash and burn farming practiced in are awith bsoil of limited fertility. the artist did the painting from ketches he drew.


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