The artist community of Tuusulan Rantatie is a wonderful place to visit.
The landscape is green and lush and these five artist homes are open to the public:
Ahola was the home of the writer Juhani Aho and his wife,
the painter Venny Soldan-Brofeldt since 1897.
Suviranta, the painter Eero Järnefelt's home, was completed in 1901.
Halosenniemi, the studio home of painter Pekka Halonen, was completed in 1902.
The poet J. H. Erkko's Erkkola was also completed in 1902.
The family of composer Jean Sibelius moved to Ainola in 1904.
Artist Home Erkkola
Poet J. H. Erkko (1849–1906) was one of the prominent figures of Finnish culture
in the late 19th century. He was a popular poet and playwright, often contributing to the ideals
and efforts of his era. Many of his poems were set to music and continue living as songs.
The house was designed by the painter Pekka Halonen.
I don’t know the designer of the beautiful lamps at the front door.
Today Erkkola hosts various art exhibitions. At the moment photographs of Taneli Eskola (b. 1958)
are on display under the theme In the Flow of Time. Eskola’s specialities are landscapes,
garden art and Helsinki views. I especially loved his winter landscapes.
Aleksis Kivi memorial cottage
Erkko was inspired by another Finnish author, Aleksis Kivi (1834–1872), who is famous for
the first novel written in Finnish, The Seven Brothers (1870). Kivi spent his last months
very near Erkkola in a modest cottage in the care of his brother Albert Stenvall.
Aleksis Kivi, who suffered from alcoholism, migraine and schizophrenia in the last years of her life,
was admitted to the Lapinlahti Mental Hospital in 1871. From there he moved to this cottage
the following year. The municipality paid Albert four barrels of rye as a reward for caring for
his sick brother. It is a modest and tiny cottage, hard to think that 8 people were living
there at a time. Hard to find floor space to sleep.
41 years later, in December 1913 there happened a murder tragedy in this cottage:
Albert (1831-1913) and his wife Vilhelmiina were found stabbed to death in the cottage.
There was one suspect, but the murder stayed unsolved. - Helsingin Sanomat