Magnus Enckell

Posted on October 2, 2010


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Painter Magnus Enckell was the first Finnish artist to break from naturalism, with his symbolist canvases with subdued colors and strong figures. Many of which are naked boys and young men, pretty unabashedly erotic though they were not necessarily seen that way at the time, though apparently it was known that Enckell was gay. In 1907, he was commissioned to paint a large fresco for the new Tampere Cathedral. As souls rise from the dead at the calling of Christ, in the center at the top of the fresco two men are holding hands. Enckell died in Stockholm in 1925, at the age of 55.

Enckell has a wikipedia page, here as well as a page at artnet, here.