Anitra Lucander (1918-2000)
Lucander was known for her strong sense of colour, and her artistic expression was well suited to architectural visualisation. The colour scheme of City Hall extended to the exterior, interior and the furniture.
Lucander’s development was also heavily influenced by her many journeys abroad, especially to Paris. Lucander visited many Mediterranean countries, such as Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey. She was also familiar with Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, India and Nepal. Getting to know the Indian culture and philosophy greatly affected her way of thinking. During her travels, she paid special attention to colours, such as the yellow hues of a desert or colours of oriental fabrics. The strong turquoise of mosques also influenced her paintings.
Sanna Teittinen: Anitra Lucander – A Poet of Colour. EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art publications 30/2011
Laura Kolbe, Pekka Puhakka: Helsinki City Hall. History and Fine Food. Otava, 2008.