Arnold Akberg (1894–1984)

1. Lady with Child. 1926. Oil on Canvas.

Lady with Child. 1926. Oil on Canvas.

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2. View from Toompea/ Tallinn. 1924. Oil on Canvas. Art Museum of Estonia.

View from Toompea/ Tallinn. 1924. Oil on Canvas. Art Museum of Estonia.

Arnold Akberg was an Estonian artist born in Võipere, now part of Kadrina Parish. While Akberg is often thought of as ‘self-taught’ he was trained as a painter by Ants Laikmaa and attended classes at Riga School of Art. Akberg spent much of his life and career in Tallinn, the capital and largest city in Estonia.

3. The Beach. 1931. Oil on Canvas. Art Museum of Estonia.

The Beach. 1931. Oil on Canvas. Art Museum of Estonia.

Akberg began exhibiting outside of Estonia in the 1920s, with shows in Germany, Denmark and Russia. In his home country he showed at major museums such as the Museum of Applied Arts and Pärnu Museum of Art.

4. The Window. 1935. Oil on Canvas. Art Museum of Estonia.

The Window. 1935. Oil on Canvas. Art Museum of Estonia.

Akberg’s paintings can be described as colorful, cubist works. He often depicted people or city scenes by using flat geometric planes of color. Akberg did not use an excessively bright palette but used more subdued tones.

5. Composition. 1925. Oil on Canvas.

Composition. 1925. Oil on Canvas.

Akberg exhibited up until the last year of his life, showing at the USSR State Art Museum in 1984. This same year Akberg was awarded the Konrad Mäe Medal, for enriching Estonian arts. Many of his paintings are now held by the Art Museum of Estonia.

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