In Memoriam - Tapani Raittila 1921 – 2018

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Tapani Raittila is known in Finnish art as a modernist. However, he never moved to abstract expression. Raittila was a skillful drawer but he is also famous for his portraits.

Among others, Raittila painted Urho Kekkonen’s and Mauno Koivisto’s portraits and numerous self-portraits. Important themes for him were man, Cézanne influenced still lives, impressionistic landscapes and urban views.

In 1966, he was awarded the Pro Finlandia -medal and in 1985 the State Prize for Visual Arts. Raittila worked as the artistic expert of Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 1978-1991. There are Tapani Raittila’s art works in all essential collections in Finland. Rovaniemi Art Museum has more than hundred drawings and paintings from him.

2/9/2018–5/27/2018 11:00 AM–6:00 PM