NIKOLAI TRIIK - classics of modernism
Nikolai Triik (1884–1940) is one of the most important modernists of Estonia. The course of his life and work clearly outlines the new metropolitan ideals and hopes of the young artists who started participating in the cultural life of Estonia in the beginning of the 20th century. Triik emerged in the Estonian art world in the era of Noor-Eesti (the Young Estonia), a group of young intellectuals acknowledging that Estonian culture was slightly backward and aiming to bring European ideas to Estonia.
Triik's art is characterised by landscapes and portraits as well as political art and powerful visionary compositions. His art fed the soul, the spirit and the mind. In addition to the most famous pieces by Nikolai Triik, the exhibition also displays several rare works of art. For the first time, the Estonian public can see two large portraits that Triik painted in Denmark; these are fundamental discoveries for Estonian art history.
A book related to the exhibition is also about to be published where curator Liis Pählapuu provides a thorough overview of the life and works of Nikolai Triik along with copious illustrative materials. The book is in Estonian and English.