Monument to Johann Köler

Lossi tänav, Viljandi

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This monument was erected to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Estonian nationalist painting.
Johann Köler was born in the parish of Suure-Jaani in Viljandi County. Did you know…? *Having studied painting at the Academy of Art, Köler went on to further studies in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy. *He was employed in the court of the Russian emperor as the drawing teacher of the tsar’s daughter. *He corresponded with forward-thinking Estonian intellectuals and took part in events as part of the nationalist movement. The monument was sculpted by Edgar Viies, having been designed by Rein Luup.

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A nice statue

Not the only pleasant piece of public art in Viljandi. A nice memorial and a pleasant diversion on a tour of the town



Monument to a famous Estonian artist

A nice monument to one of the greatest Estonian artists. A nice little area around it, on the way from the centre to the castle ruins or the lake.

Erling G

Erling G

Monument av Johan Köler.

Johan Köler föddes i en by utanför Viljandi och han studerade konst i S:t petersburg. Köler åkte runt och lärde sig konst i Tyskland - Frankrike och i slutet av 1800-talet när han besökte Rom...

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