Enn Kunila's Art Collection

Ants Murakin (1892—1975)

Ants Murakin was a diverse artist who was in his early thirties at the time he completed this work. He had acquired an education in art in Estonia, Hungary and Austria and was also active in literature in addition to art, including translation. It is difficult to identify particular creative periods in Murakin’s case. Before the war, he was a painter of landscape paintings on more or less pervasive postimpressionist subjects from his Estonian homeland.

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Ants Murakin

Afternoon

1925-1926

oil/pasteboard

70.0 x 80.0 cm

Ants Murakin was a diverse artist who was in his early thirties at the time he completed this work. He had acquired an education in art in Estonia, Hungary and Austria and was also active in literature in addition to art, including translation.

It is difficult to identify particular creative periods in Murakin’s case. This work was completed at a time when Murakin lived and worked in Southern Estonia as a grammar school drawing teacher and as a set designer at a theatre. The subject was perhaps selected from near his home, even though Murakin travelled a great deal and among other things, he has romantically written in his travelogues: "A broad, old valley, at the bottom of which the path of our journey meanders. It appears to become narrower because the slopes of the valley rise steadily and woods rise up on those slopes. Those distant blue-grey hillocks have now come close to us. The surroundings become very picturesque. Dark fir groves arch down along the slopes into the valley. Some narrow ruddy-pink roads go straight or wind through those woods, lined with dullish green clumps of alder. Light golden green threads embrace coppices overgrown with underbrush, where white birch trunks glint like trickles of milk among the greenery abundant with shades and tones, the yellowish, olive and golden brownish mass of leaves…Ahead in the distance below the blue bumpy horizon, farms and patches of farm fields lighten."