Artist(s):Jalmari Ruokokoski Date:1916 Medium:oil on canvas Dimensions:41 x 33.5 cm (sight)

Jalmari Ruokokoski painted several works that he named Landscapes in 1916. Ruokokoski’s and Tyko Sallinen’s studios were completed in Hyvinkää in the same year, and it is possible that the landscape in the University’s art collection originated near the artist’s new studio. Ruokokoski painted people and landscapes after nature, without adhering to Naturalism in his style. He was extremely productive in the 1910s, which is generally regarded as his prime.

Painter Jalmari Ruokokoski (1886–1936) had an Expressionistic approach and was one of the bohemian artists of the early 20th century. He studied at the Central School of Applied Arts in 1902–1904 and at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society in 1903–1906, both housed in the Ateneum building. He made his debut at the Annual Exhibition of Finnish Artists in 1905, while he was still a student. In the 1913 joint exhibition at Salon Strindberg with William Lönnberg, Ruokokoski garnered a lot of attention and sold all his pieces.

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Bäcksbacka, L. J. Ruokokoski, II. Boheemi – Taituritaiteilija. Transl. E. Richter. Helsinki: Taidesalonki, 1944.