Not on display
Kansallisgalleria / Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma
12.3.1947, Kittilä
3.10.1987, Kittilä

Self-portrait, 1967

  • 59.5 × 42 cm, gouache, gouache on paper
  • purchase, N-1993-161
  • Owner: Suomen valtio
Photo: Finnish National Gallery
Kansallisgalleria / Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma


“I have a reindeer’s gaze. Christ had a reindeer’s gaze. People who know their death have a reindeer’s gaze. People who have lost hope have a reindeer’s gaze. A reindeer’s gaze, the gaze of a persecuted and suffering animal, the gaze of a silently hurting animal,” Kalervo Palsa wrote in his diary. The artist from Kittilä in the north of Finland painted hundreds of self-portraits. Early in his career he made self-portraits daily, trying out different styles and techniques. The pictures show the artist frontally, looking into a mirror – or at us. Sometimes he is accompanied by the figure of Death.



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