Very Good / Very Good. Item #6531
Talinn: Tallinna Raamatutrükikoda, 2006. First Edition. Signed and dated by Tunne Kelam on the copyright page (15 September 2006). Quarto; 184pp. Over 150 paintings (full color) and photographs (B&W). Illustrated dust jacket. Black cloth boards with Sink's signature reproduced within a copper-colored label on front panel. Dust jacket shows very faint scuffs to coating, slight edge bumps. Volume near pristine. Entirely in Estonian with the exception of painting captions and two final summarizing chapters, which are in English. (Very scarce outside of Estonia; one copy cited in WorldCat; no other copies found in other bibliographic channels.)
Peeter Sink (1902-1957) was an Estonian landscape painter working in a traditional naturalist mode, inspired by a strong Christian faith. This monograph is a tribute and conspectus put together by his son, Tunne Kelam, the Estonian politician and former member of the European Parliament.
Peeter Sink's colors suggest Edvard Munch; his landscapes suggest Emily Carr—though Sink paints without the expressionist distortions of either. We are in a serene Estonian tradition that can be traced back to the quiet 15th-century portraits of Michel Sittow, and probably further still.