Mannequin

Ado Vabbe Mannequin 1944-1950 oil, paper 50.5 × 45.5 cm

This work belongs to the same period as War Refugees. The period of the Second World War was complicated for Estonia: different occupations alternated, a mass deportation took place, to say nothing of arrests, killings and mobilisations. Everyday subjects and their cheerful depiction, however, set the fashion during that period in Estonia. It was one way of ignoring the horrors taking place in society and providing viewers with experiences to make them forget everything that was appalling. Mannequin also does not refer at all to the social conditions that prevailed at that time, turning instead to a timeless and even somewhat absurd theme and pointedly directing its attention to the aesthetic, meaning non-political values of the work.