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Who is Marcus Collin?

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By Gwylym Owen

Gustaf Marcus Collin (18 November 1882, Helsinki – 22 September 1966, Kauniainen) was an artiste from Finland. He was one of the central members of Novemberists, a organization of Finnish expressionists.

Collin was born in Helsinki in educated, Swedish-speaking family. His daddy was a civil servant. Becoming an artist was not obvious for Collin. He studied law, but did not desire to become a civil servant in Finland as A Grand Duchy ruled by Russia. He worked as a journalist, and tried to psychotherapy architecture, but the mathematics classes were too challenging for him. Then he changed his studies to psychoanalysis art, first in Helsinki higher in Paris. He made four elongated trips in continental Europe, and on his fourth visit to Paris he enrolled in Académie Ranson where he was taught by Paul Sérusier. Sérusier drew his attention to composition, and for a while even the use of colour in Collin’s enactment shows move of Sérusier. The paintings of liveliness in archipelago painted in intelligent colours were Collin’s given breakthrough as an artist.

Collin became a advocate of organization of artists led by Tyko Sallinen. The bureau took innovative the make known November Group. In center of 1910-decade the group started to use more sober palettes, and the colour scale of Collin was the most minimal of them all. He and no-one else used a few dark shades.

After 1921, Collin gradually lonely his gray and beige palette by adjunct more clever colours. When he became older, his style became more realistic.

Collin is known for his paintings of people. Many of these illustrate literature, such as the Aleksis Kivi novel Seitsemän veljestä or the Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote. He portrayed factory workers and farmhands as faceless representatives of their social class.

Collin was resolution an honorary title of professor in 1953. He received the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal in 1957.

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