Erik Nitsche: The Vuoksenniska Church, Imatra, Finland

Artist: Erik Nitsche
1908 - 1998
Nationality: Swiss
Artwork Year: 1987
Image Size: 12 by 14 inches
Overall Size: 15 by 20 inches
Medium: Mixed Media on Cold Press Illustration Board


For a generation after Eliel Saarinen and his partners designed the Helsinki Railway Terminus, Finnish architecture was little more than an echo of the more conservative pre-Asplund Swedish style. Then, between the World Wars, Finland once again leaped to world prominence in architecture with the designs of Alvar Aalto. Aalto's earliest works were functional but humane, simplified to their bare bones, yet preserving a sensitive -- even romantic -- harmony with the landscape. Moreover, Aalto demonstrated concrete's expressiveness as a building material. One building which reflects this style is the Church at Vuoksenniska, which is portrayed in this artwork. Set among trees in an industrial area, Aalto fashioned a tower whose shape stands out distinctively amid factory chimneys. Later generations of Finnish architects have built on Aalto's unique style.

This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Finland Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued May 15, 1987.

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