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Karin Luts: 6 interesting facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Karin Luts (29 April 1904 – 14 May 1993) was considered the leading Estonian female painter and a graphic artist.

Karin Luts was born in Riidaja in Valga County to parents Andres and Juuli Mari Luts (née Gentalen) in April 1904 where she was one of three sisters, Lonny, Meta and Karin, and a brother Elmar. Her dad was a teacher. She completed her studies in Pärnu Estonian School Society Progymnasium in 1922. She had studied under artist Konstantin Süvalo [et]. Luts later went to the Art College in Pallas, Tartu to study like Konrad Mägi. When Mägi died she continued considering Ado Vabbe. Luts college etching and lithography from Magnus Zeller. Luts graduated in 1928. In 1928 Luts spent a year at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière afterward André Lhote since returning to Estonia to play a part as an artiste in Tallinn.

Luts worked as a costume designer and illustrator. One of her works was the illustrations for Eduard Visnapuu [et]‘s children’s book “Loomade talu” in 1933. She began to discharge duty with textile designs in 1935. The Ministry of Economy commissioned her to answer a tapestry design to be displayed in the Estonia pavilion of the Paris World’s Fair in 1937. The put-on won a gold medal. She traveled to Finland and Denmark later than Andrus Johani past she published her first article. Luts article was a critic of an exhibition of Italian women artists held in Tallinn in 1937. By 1939 Luts was share of the intervention of artists known as Pallas.

In 1939 Luts traveled through Rome past the Tallinn Women’s Club where she took the opportunity to action in the studio of the artist Countess Mola. She had planned to reward to Rome but the outbreak of the Second World War prevented it. She began practicing for the Konrad Mägi College of Art in 1940 as a lecturer. She married fellow professor Peter Arumaa and in 1944 they fled the soviet motion of Estonia and went to Sweden. They both became citizens in the 1950s.

In Sweden Luts took occurring graphic design and gained reply in painting and graphics internationally though she died relatively shadowy having left Estonia as one of her best known women artists. She studied graphics from 1960 to 1968 in Stockholm and went upon to laboratory analysis in Salzburg. She died in Stockholm in 1993. She left her art to the Tartu Art Museum and her writings to the Estonian Literary Museum.

Luts was married to linguist Peeter Arumaa. Her sister was the actress Meta Luts and her cousin was artist Julius Gentalen.

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