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Henn Roode Beach 1967 oil, cardboard 49 × 82 cm

In its day, Henn Roode’s experimental style created an effect like an explosion. The art world in Estonia was strictly regulated and as a rule, those who dared to paint “differently” were young rebellious artists. In the 1960’s, however, Roode was already a respected artist in his 40’s who in his private life was more of a gentleman with high aesthetic expectations than a rebel. Roode’s art retreated from the depiction of objects in a realistic manner and stressed not only the geometric interplay of forms but also the associative power of colours.