Hugo Simberg

Hugo Simberg was a Finnish symbolist painter and printmaker who was active at the turn of the century, a time sometimes referred to as the golden age of Finnish art. He studied under Akseli Gallen-Kallela, perhaps Finland’s most beloved painter.

Simberg made many prints and paintings featuring death personified, demons, angels, and similar otherwordly figures from folklore.

The Garden of Death Frost At the Crossroads Death is listening

(Click thumbnail images for enlargements)

He is also famous for his series of frescoes in the Tampere Cathedral, an art nouveau masterpiece (more often called jugendstijl here) considered by many to be Finland’s most beautiful church. Simberg’s Wounded Angel fresco in the cathedral is an iconic image in Finland.

The Rose Picker Wounded angel Tampere Cathedral

The Ateneum Museum has a very large collection of Simberg’s works.

More art

Cross-posted at Looky

~ by lolarusa on January 10, 2007.

One Response to “Hugo Simberg”

  1. Nice paintings, love it :)

    Erik

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