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Into Saxelin: The surprise, 1925. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum / Hanna Kukorelli

Yllätys / The surprise

Artist Into Saxelin

Tukholman puisto, Helsinki

`The Surprise’ is cut from red granite and depicts a naked woman sitting on her knees. Its title refers to a surprise which has startled the woman and made her spring backwards. This movement is the source of the work’s rhythm. `The Surprise’ is sculpted in a warm realistic style with a hint of Classicism. The work was erected in its present location in 1948 although it was completed already in 1925. The work belongs to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum. The plaster draft of the work is in the collections of the Hämeenlinna art museum.

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