Foreign Graphic Arts Collection

The graphic arts collection at the Kadriorg Museum is comprised of 3,500 works of art, the majority of which were created by German and Russian artists. There are also valuable examples of Italian, English and French prints and drawings.

The German artists include several well-known old masters, for example Albrecht Dürer. The collection also includes works by the great names of 20th-century German graphic arts. Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Expressionism are well represented, with more than 70 prints representing all the main trends. The collection includes works by Erich Heckel and Emil Nolde, who belonged to the Die Brücke group, and works by Franz Marc, Heinrich Campendonk and Paul Klee, who belonged to the Der Blaue Reiter group. The new generation of Expressionists is represented by the works of George Grosz, Max Beckmann and Otto Dix.

The collection includes many interesting examples of Russian graphic art from the 18th and 19th centuries and the beginning of the 20th century. Especially valuable are the drawings by Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Mihkail Nesterov and others. There are also numerous high-quality Russian woodcuts, primarily from the early 20th century, in the collection.

The graphic artworks of the Low Countries deserve special attention, since they provide a survey of the various schools of art in the Netherlands and Flanders during the 16th and 17th centuries. Among others, most notable are copper engravings of biblical scenes by the famous Antwerp master Philip Galle and his workshop. The gem of the collection is the drawing of Orpheus and the Maenads by Godfried Maes (17th century). The following periods are also well represented. For example, the collection includes two unique prints in mixed media by the 18th-century artist Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, and dynamic woodcuts by Frans Masereel for a collection of poems published in 1961.