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Adamson-Eric (1902–1968) is one of the brightest representatives of Estonian modernism and he became a legend already in his lifetime. He was a talented and extraordinarily versatile creator – one of the few Estonian artists who was masterful at painting and equally successful in other areas of applied art and design. In the 1920s and 1930s, Adamson-Eric was one of the main cosmopolitans in the Estonian art world, having lived and worked in various parts of Europe and one of the most well-travelled artists.
The many works of Adamson-Eric vividly reflect the development of Estonian painting and consumer art over more than four decades and the ample and dynamic movement of ideas in various fields of art.
Both of the works featured on the stamp and the first day cover are among the best of Adamson-Eric’s paintings from the 1960s. During this period, the renowned master turned to the playfulness of the abstract artistic language with great thirst for knowledge. The painting Jalutuskäik (A walk) (1968) with its nuanced colour and sensitively stylized figural composition is used in the design of the stamp.