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June Pelo
25-09-11, 23:40
One of my aunts lived briefly in Finland during the early 1930s, and brought back this painting by a Finnish artist. The name is almost illegible and looks like Z or T Ruoko_ko_r_ 1932. Is this name familiar to anyone?
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Jaska Sarell
26-09-11, 06:47
The name that immediately comes to my mind is famous expressionist painter Jalmari Ruokokoski (1886-1936). Artworks listed at Finnish National Gallery site (link (http://kokoelmat.fng.fi/wandora/w?imagenum=0&imagesize=0&action=gen&si=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.muusa.net%2Fnimi%2FRuokokoski_ _Jalmari&lang=en)) don't imply that, but the text in Finnish Wikipedia for him (link (http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalmari_Ruokokoski)) tells that due to his alcohol problem he made a lot of mass production to finance drinking, e.g. painted as many as 100 flower watercolors in a couple of hours.

:) Jaska

June Pelo
26-09-11, 14:21
Thanks, Jaska, for the interesting information. It's possible that the name could be Ruokokoski. The colors in the painting (which is done in oil) are some of my favorite colors -purple and pink, and the painting attracts attention when others see it. It's displayed prominently in the entry to my home.