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On the Balcony

Elmar Kits On the Balcony 1966 tempera, paper 55.5 × 66.6

The year 1966, when this work was completed, was undoubtedly pivotal for Elmar Kits. His solo exhibitions in Tallinn and Tartu introduced Kits’s semi-abstract works to the public at large and made the establishment of this kind of approach to art possible. Kits nevertheless did not yet become pervasively and completely abstract in his works. Some types of themes, characters or motifs are noticeable in his works again and again. Grotesque faces and some sort of ambiguous situation emerge from among the colours in this painting as well with its very generalised title. Abstract images are nevertheless of greater importance here: colours and forms, and the relations between them.