View of the City

Elmar Kits View of the City 1959 oil, canvas 68 × 80 cm

View of the City apparently depicts Tartu as it plays with forms, displacing them and placing them in new relationships. This is extremely striking compared to the very realistic views of Karelia completed only three years previously. At the same time, Kits chose the politically neutral genre of the urban view for his experiments in form, even though motifs can be seen even here that were most certainly not favoured in the 1950’s – for instance a church tower. Incidentally, it is worthwhile to pay separate attention to the grotesque figure in the church’s bell tower. Who is he? What does the artist want to say?