In spring 1911 Eero Nelimarkka showed his paintings to Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who urged the budding artist to travel to Paris for the best tutelage available.
In 1912 Nelimarkka borrowed money and headed for Paris, where he stayed for six months in a studio residence. He painted at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, but was unable to afford an instructor.
For many years Nelimarkka longed to return to Paris, and his wish finally came true in December 1919, when he set off for another six-month sojourn via London. In Paris he enjoyed full-board accommodation and visits to exhibitions and museums. He studied at the Académie Moderne, where he received instruction from the painter Orthon Friesz. He socialized with fellow artists at La Rotonde in Montparnasse, and exhibited his Paris-inspired paintings in a solo exhibition at the Strindberg Art Salon in October 1920.
Image: Eero Nelimarkka: Study, Paris, 1912 © Private Collection / Photo: Hanna Kukorelli