The setting of Enckell’s scene of musical appreciation is the Great Hall at the University of Helsinki. The figures in the picture can be identified: artist Väinö Blomstedt is shown sitting at bottom right, the central figure is composer Selim Palmgren, and the man in profile at left is psychologist Albert Lilius. Magnus Enckell is one of the key figures of the golden age of Finnish art at the turn of the 20th century. After the turn of the century, Enckell’s symbolist style of the 1890s, with its often reduced palette and graphic appearance, began to develop in a more painterly direction towards post-impressionism and its profusion of color and light.
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