Eduard Kutsar (1902 – 1970)

Kutsar, Eduard (1902 – 1970). Tartu. (3 V 1959)

Eduard Kutsar, born in 1902, was an eminent figure in the Estonian art scene. His journey began at the Pallas Art School, where he had the privilege of being mentored by renowned artists such as Konrad Mägi, Triik, Ado Vabbe, and Hando Mugasto.

Distinctive for his versatility, Kutsar did not confine himself to a single medium or style. From landscapes and situational paintings to captivating still lifes and intricate sculptures, his oeuvre is a testament to his boundless creativity. His expressionist touch made each piece stand out, earning him notable recognition.

In 1933, Kutsar showcased his prowess with a solo exhibition at the Pärnus Beach Salon. Following this, exhibitions in cities like Tartu, Tallinn, and Narva-Jõesuu further solidified his reputation.

Tragedy struck in 1944 when a devastating fire consumed his studio, resulting in the loss of numerous masterpieces. This, coupled with his impulsive nature, deeply affected Kutsar. His subsequent withdrawal from the limelight and ensuing financial struggles painted a somber period in his life, culminating in a bout of depression.

Resilience defined Kutsar’s character. Despite losing his right arm in an accident in 1956, his indomitable spirit shone through. He made a remarkable comeback with a post-war exhibition in 1964, and that same year, he showcased at the Elvin Folklore Museum.

In tribute to his legacy, a relief portrait by the renowned sculptor Alexander Eller was unveiled in front of Kutsar’s residence on his 70th birthday. Today, art aficionados can purchase his works at the Rios Art Gallery online.