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Treasures from the Estonian Art Museum

Estonian Post in cooperation with the Estonian Art Museum will issue a series of stamps devoted to Estonian art, From the Treasury of the Estonian Art Museum.

The author of the painting Lennuk (1910, actually a sketch for a major mural) is Nikolai Triik, who was enthusiastic about military campaigns and the romantic life of the Vikings while working at the sketch. Reading the epic poem Kalevipoeg and its Song XII, Voyage to the End of the World, with the eye of a symbolist, the artist intensified the mystic subject-matter by simplified form and contrast of bright colours. The red sail of the silver ship is a symbol of sunlight.

The arch of the rainbow above it is repeated as a glow above the island of the Lapp wizard, Varrak, on the left and above the demons’ Island of Sparks on the right. The Art Nouveau tempera painting of three parts is associated with the work of Gerhard Munthe, Akseli Gallén-Kallela and Nikolai Roerich, National Romantic painters of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, who served as examples for Triik.

Title: Treasures from the Estonian Art Museum
Date of Issue: 17 November 2010
Country: Estonia
Denominations: 9.00

Source: www.post.ee


  1. I would like to know what year Nikolai Trik painted
    “Lemnuk” and what is his death year. What is the title in English, what are the dimensions of the work and whether it was done in tempera or something else.

    Thank you
    Professor Bernard Seckler.

    • Triik painted “Lennuk” in 1910.
      In modern Estonian, “lennuk” means airplane. In this context, the term derives from the Estonian National Epic, the Kalevipoeg. Kalevipoeg’s magical ship, which takes him to the end of the world, is called Lennuk. In late nineteenth-century/early twentieth-century context, “lennuk” would have referred both to Kalevipoeg’s ship and as an object with flying capabilities. “Lendma” is infitive of the verb “to fly.”
      The work was indeed done in tempera.

      Here is a link to information on the painting, though in Estonian. If you click on the image, you should be able to see a full screen view.


      I hope this helps!

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