In the Garden of Haminalahti

Ferdinand von Wright1856/1857

Ateneum Art Museum

Ateneum Art Museum
Helsinki, Finland

In the Garden of Haminalahti is one of Finland's best loved works of art. The Haminalahti estate was home to the von Wright brothers. Many of Ferdinand's paintings depict dramatic scenes from nature, but here the overall mood is that of bourgeois serenity. The painting shows Ferdinand's sister and her children. The children are feeding tame birds and sheltering from the hot sun under a parasol. The bluish tinge of lake Kallavesi and the house Ferdinand was building, Lugnet (Peace), can be seen further in the distance. A fence separates this civilized way of life from the world outside. Efforts were being made at the time to deepen the feelings of the Finnish people for their land, specifically by promoting affinity with Finland's natural landscapes. But could it be that this painting is dear to us because we can identify with the people on this side of the fence?


  • Title: In the Garden of Haminalahti
  • Creator: Ferdinand von Wright
  • Creator Lifespan: 1822/1906
  • Creator Nationality: Finnish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Haminalahti, Kuopio
  • Creator Birth Place: Haminalahti, Kuopio
  • Date Created: 1856/1857
  • Physical Dimensions: w57.5 x h43 cm
  • Inventory number: A III 2454
  • Dimensions: 43 x 57.5 cm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Ateneum Art Museum, http://www.fng.fi/informationandresearch/photographicservice
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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