Eduard Einmann (1913 – 1982)

Einmann, Eduard (1913 – 1982). Late Summer in the Studio. (1975)

Eduard Einmann, born on January 23, 1913, in Laukna, Läänemaa, and passed away on October 27, 1982, in Tallinn, is celebrated as a renowned Estonian graphic artist and painter. His early education spanned from 1928 to 1934 at the Tallinn State School of Industrial Art, under the guidance of eminent personalities like Paul Raud and August Jansen in the realm of painting. In 1938, Einmann pursued further studies at the National Academy of Arts and graduated in 1941, specializing in decorative painting.

The 1940s saw a pivot in his artistic inclinations towards drawing, with a pronounced skill in portraiture. The challenging times of the Great Patriotic War saw him being mobilized into the Red Army. Despite the tumult, he engaged in the activities of the Estonian Collective of Soviet Artists in Yaroslavl and marked his presence in exhibitions in Moscow and the commemorative exhibition for the 600th anniversary of the St. George’s uprising.

Einmann’s career took a turn towards academia between 1944 and 1948 when he imparted knowledge at the Tartu State Art Institute, even serving as its director till 1951. He held prestigious positions like the chairman of the Union of Artists of the Estonian SSR from 1950 to 1956 and the secretary of the board from 1957 to 1963. Embracing the life of a freelance artist in 1963, Einmann’s expertise in portraiture became more prominent in the 1950s, showcasing realistic depictions of various societal figures. With time, his techniques evolved, and the 1970s witnessed a blend of portrait and landscape artworks. His creative journeys spanned multiple countries, each trip enriching his portfolio with fresh and impressive artwork. By 1963, he was honored with the title of professor and became a corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR in 1958. Today, his masterpieces find a home in several global museums and are prominently showcased in the Rios Art Gallery.