Thursday, April 24, 2008

Postcard from Estonia

For once, I would like to show you a postcard I received recently from Estonia. It was sent by Renate and contains a very nice message about my blog. Thank you very much for this.First of all, let me show you the image side.

As you see it contains a nice picture of a common frog. But it also pictures two beautiful sceneries of Estonia :
- On the right : Jägala waterfall located on the north part of the country, one of the most outstanding Estonian nature monuments.
- On the top : Marimetsa bog located in the western part of Estonia
Here is the verso of the postcard, where you can read the nice message from Renate.

Of course, as usual, when I got the postcard, I immediately looked at the stamp. I found it very nice and decided to get some information about it. This stamp belongs to a souvenir sheet issued on the 12th of October 2005 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Amandus Adamson. Here is the full souvenir sheet.

Amandus Adamson is one of the most prominent Estonian sculptor. He was born on the 12th of November 1855. After studying sculpture at the St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts he lived and worked in Russia, France and Italy and since 1918 in Paldiski, Estonia where he died in 1929. He was elected academician of the St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in 1907. Amandus Adamson is one of the founders of Estonian national art. The souvenir sheet features four wooden sculptures by Amandus Adamson from the Estonian Art Museum collection. From left to right, the souvenir sheet pictures the following sculptures :

- “Love, Eternally Triumphant” realized 1889. It is really impressive with this cherubim, picturing love, dominating the skull, picturing death, I presume.
- “Lüüriline muusika” realized in 1891. I could not find an English translation of the title of this sculpture
- “Memento mori” realized in 1907. Memento mori is a Latin locution meaning “remember that you are mortal”. This is the stamp used on the postcard.
- And finally “Dawn and Dusk” realized in 1895. (Interesting the idea to picture the dawn and the dusk as two lovers. This would be a tragic love story since they should never be able to meet)
Again thank you for this nice postcard and this nice stamp that gave me the opportunity to discover this sculptor that, I must admit, did not know at all.

1 comment:

MaitUus said...

Dawn and Dusk are Koit and Eha in Estonian, with both being relatively common names for boys and girls respectively.

The key to the story stems from our geographical latitude - you see, over here they _do_ meet, once a year;)