With a Burin, a Brush and a Pencil. Russian Graphic Art from the 19th−20th Centuries in Estonian Museums
The exhibition presents a selection of 19th– and 20th-century Russian art on paper – prints, drawings and watercolours – from the collections of the Kadriorg Art Museum, Tartu Art Museum, University of Tartu Art Museum and Narva Museum.
Printed graphic art (estambe) appeared in Russia in the mid-17th century and its development accelerated during the 18th and 19th centuries. Besides woodcuts and copper engravings, new techniques invented in Germany, France and England were also adopted. After the dominance of reproducible graphic art, a boom occurred in original graphic art during the last third of the 19th century, initially in etchings, and in the early 20th century also in woodcuts and linocuts, as well as lithography. In the 1920s and 1930s, Russian wood engraving achieved a high standard, primarily as book illustrations. During the 19th and 20th centuries, both drawings and watercolours were cultivated as independent genres, of which Estonian museums house many beautiful examples.
Exhibition curators: Mai Levin and Anu Allikvee
Exhibition designer: Inga Heamägi
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia has provided support for the exhibition and catalogue.
Fyodor Konstantinov. Mtsyri. Book jacket for M. Y. Lermontov’s poem “Mtsyri”. 1961. Art Museum of Estonia