Alvar Aalto

1898 - 1976

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Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (pronounced [ˈhuːɡo ˈɑlʋɑr ˈhenrik ˈɑːlto]; 3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings. He never regarded himself as an artist, seeing painting and sculpture as "branches of the tree whose trunk is architecture." Aalto's early career ran in parallel with the rapid economic growth and industrialization of Finland during the first half of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alvar Aalto has received more than 1,289,029 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Alvar Aalto is the 5th most popular architect (up from 7th in 2019), the most popular biography from Finland and the most popular Finnish Architect.

Alvar Aalto is most famous for his contributions to the modernist architecture movement. He was a Finnish architect and designer who is considered one of the pioneers of modernism.

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Among architects, Alvar Aalto ranks 5 out of 518Before him are Antoni Gaudí, Le Corbusier, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Vitruvius. After him are Imhotep, Mimar Sinan, Donato Bramante, Andrea Palladio, Leon Battista Alberti, Khufu, and Albert Speer.

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Among people born in 1898, Alvar Aalto ranks 4Before him are Golda Meir, Bertolt Brecht, and René Magritte. After him are Erich Maria Remarque, Federico García Lorca, Enzo Ferrari, Sergei Eisenstein, Umm Kulthum, M. C. Escher, Zhou Enlai, and William James Sidis. Among people deceased in 1976, Alvar Aalto ranks 6Before him are Mao Zedong, Agatha Christie, Martin Heidegger, Werner Heisenberg, and Howard Hughes. After him are Luchino Visconti, Zhou Enlai, Fritz Lang, Max Ernst, Jean Gabin, and Bernard Montgomery.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Alvar Aalto ranks 1 out of 751After him are Jean Sibelius (1865), Simo Häyhä (1905), Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867), Tove Jansson (1914), Sauli Niinistö (1948), Paavo Nurmi (1897), Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888), Mika Waltari (1908), Aki Kaurismäki (1957), Tarja Halonen (1943), and Urho Kekkonen (1900).

Among ARCHITECTS In Finland

Among architects born in Finland, Alvar Aalto ranks 1After him are Aino Aalto (1894), Eliel Saarinen (1873), Eero Saarinen (1910), Eero Aarnio (1932), Elissa Aalto (1922), Lars Sonck (1870), Wivi Lönn (1872), Johan Sigfrid Sirén (1889), and Marco Casagrande (1971).