Eduard Wiiralt


EDUARD WIIRALT (1898-1954)


Lithograph; signed and dated 1932 in the plate upper right; signed, dated 1932 and numbered 9/25 in pencil to margin
Image/Sheet 24.4 x 18.9 in — 62 x 48 cm; 27.8 x 21.3 in — 70.7 x 54 cm

October 04, 2018

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $20,400

International Record Price Achieved at Auction

Wiiralt, one of the most loved Estonian artists, was born on a country estate near St. Petersburg in the late 1800s. He moved to Tallinn as World War I broke out, and began his art studies in that period.

According to curator Tiina Abel of the Kumu Museum in Tallinn, Estonia: “The most fantastic drawings and prints belong to the period between 1925 and 1933, when the artist followed the bohemian way of life and was possessed by his work…It was a turning point. After that, Wiiralt radically changed his way of life.”

Direct from the artist’s personal collection in Estonia and passed down through the family to the consignor.

A print of this rare edition print was exhibited in 1937 in “Edward Wiiralt retrospective exhibition, catalog 1917-1936” at Helsinki Art Hall, January 23 – February 2, 1937 as “Saarnaaja Predikanten,” illustrated, p. 53.

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Etching and copper engraving; inscribed “Rue Maison Dieu Paris” in the plate lower left; signed, titled and inscribed “Helvetet kopparstick och etsing” and dated “1930” in sepia pen and ink to margin. Unnumbered from the artist’s collection.
Plate/Sheet 15.4 x 18.5 in — 39 x 47 cm; 20 x 24.75 in — 50.8 x 62.9 cm

October 04, 2018

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $13,200

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