Eino J Harkonen

in #christiantrail6 years ago (edited)

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Eino Harkonen was a realistic painter from northern Karelia, Finland.

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Above is a picture of him working on one of his paintings. He was born in Joensuu 10.3.1886 and he died in Eno 4.2.1944. For these altar paintings he propped up a wooden cross in a field close to his farmhouse. Another one he had leaning against his house. He actually had a man on the cross as he painted. As models he used locals from Eno. His wife Alli posed for the women figures. Below is his self portrait.
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He has painted the altar paintings in 5 Lutheran churches in Northern Carelia. This one is Kuusjärvi church,with it's gothic style altar painting below.
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This is the Valtimo church altar painting. Harkonen painted it in 1931.
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Below is the Eno Lutheran church and its altar painting.
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Tuupovaara church which was built in 1902. The altar painting was painted in 1942. It is called the Resurrection.
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Raakkyla church is the last of the five altar painting.
It's altar painting also depicts the Resurrection.
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Pictures from my own collection.

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