Nikolai Triik (1884-1940, Estonie), Lennuk, le bateau de Kalevipoeg, 1910, Tallinn, Musée d’art d’Estonie © Musée d’art d’Estonie

Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States

Symbolism was born in France during the second half of the 19th century, spreading its influence across Western Europe and the Baltic region. To celebrate the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania a hundred years ago, the Musée d’Orsay devotes an exhibition to Baltic Symbolism from the 1890s to the 1930s.

The exhibition offers insight into a Nordic way of thinking and illustrates the complex interplay of influences and resistances, through which Baltic artists forged a language for creative expression appropriate to their own intellectual world. Using elements of traditional culture, folklore, and local oral rhetoric, they have created a genuinely original art form.

With the exception of the internationally renowned Lithuanian painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, the works displayed leave their countries for the first time.

Rodolphe Rapetti, General Heritage Curator, Director of National Museums of Compiègne and Blérancourt

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