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This is Eero Nelimarkka

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By Gwylym Owen

Eero Aleksander Nelimarkka (10 October 1891 – 27 January 1977) was a Finnish painter. He is best known for depicting the flat landscapes of Ostrobothnia known as lakeus but he with produced portraits of notable Finns and family members.

Eero Nelimarkka was born in Finland on 10 October 1891 at Vaasa, the son of Erkki Nelimarkka, a tailor, and Maria Nelimarkka (née Koivukangas). In 1912 Nelimarkka studied at Académie de la Grande Chaumière and in Académie Julian.

In 1945 professor and artiste Nelimarkka established “The Nelimarkka Foundation”. The founders also included J. A. Hollo. The mission of the Nelimarkka Foundation is to preserve and announce Eero Nelimarkka’s production and life’s work. In 1964 he built the Nelimarkka Museum upon his father’s farm at Alajärvi in southern Ostrobothnia. Its core heap of some 1700 works is owned by the Nelimarkka Foundation.

He is buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.

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