The Eino Valtonen Collection

 

Photo: Akseli Gallen-Kallela, The Seven Brothers Brawling with the Toukola Boys, 1907.

 

The collection of Eino Valtonen (1890–1925) was donated to Rauma town in the year 2009. The works in the collection represent Finnish art and international influences at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.

Valtonen inherited some artworks and financial resources for further collecting from his uncle Alfred Kordelin (1868–1917). Eino Valtonen was born in Rauma. He studied law at the Helsinki University, but his studies were interrupted when the Finnish civil war broke out in 1918. Valtonen had a career as an officer in the Finnish Navy. He was one of the pioneers of the scout movement in Finland, eager sportsman and sailor and actively interested in art and music. He died at the age of 35 as the first officer of the torpedo boat S2 when the vessel went down in a storm at the southern Bay of Bothnia.

In the collection there are works by:

Elin Danielson-Gambogi, Albert Edelfelt, Ellen Favorin, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Pekka Halonen, Olof Hermelin, Eero Järnefelt, Johan Knutson, Rudolf Koivu, Juho Kyyhkynen, Atte Laitila, Berndt Lindholm, Hendrick Mommers, Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, Jalmari Ruokokoski, Alfred Ruotsalainen, Ilmari Soikkanen, Luigi Tagliani, Woldemar Toppelius, Torsten Waenerberg and Victor Westerholm.