Wooden boy / Trägossen
Wooden boy / Trägossen by Wäniö Aaltonen, 1915. Ateneum, Helsinki.Weinö Aaltonen Museum of Art writes: "... References to Egyptian art are especially visible in Aaltonen's early images of women and children. As early as in 1915, he sculpted a statue of a small boy with his belly exposed; it was intended as the central figure in the Petrelius fountain competition. Presumably, he did not submit a proposal for that competition, but a seed was sown, and it began to sprout. The sculpted figure, which the artist named a "Bellyboy", finally sprouted into several versions in different materials; Wooden Boy, 1915; Granite Boy, and ceramic and bronze casts were among them... "