Günther Reindorff (1889-1974)

Serov, Valetin Aleksandrevitš (1865-1911).

Gunther Reindorf was born in St. Petersburg in 1889. After 8 years, he moved with his parents to Tallinn, where Gunther studied at a real school, and after graduation he returned to his homeland. In 1905, the artist entered the Stieglitz Central Technical School, where he studied graphics, while simultaneously studying theater scenery. One of his teachers was P. B. Lambin.
After graduation, he receives a business trip to France from the school, and from 1914 to 1915 he studies in the Mediterranean. Gunther had to return home due to the outbreak of the First World War.
Upon his return, he entered the Petrograd expedition for the preparation of state papers and Goznak. In 1920 he again left for Tallinn and until 1958 worked at the Estonian Academy of Arts, even received the title of professor. Günther Reindorf’s style evolved from Art Nouveau and Art Deco. His inspirers were S. Chekhonin and I. Bilibin.

Prior to the start of the Great Patriotic War, he was mainly engaged in engravings and graphics, especially landscapes.
During the occupation of Estonia, he lived in the small village of Haapse, where he worked on easel graphics and created engravings “Evening on the Island of Vormsi” and “Evening Landscape”.
But almost all of his works were lost during a fire in the workshop. After the war, he left for Transcaucasia, the result of the trip was a series of works on Armenian landscapes.
In the early 1950s, he actively worked as a book illustrator. In particular, he did the design for “Dead Souls”, “Footprints in the Sand”, “Tales of the Daugava”.
Günter Reindorff’s flamboyant style is revealed only in the early 50s, with his works on Estonian landscapes. In addition, he worked with monetary and military signs, made bookplates for diplomas and advertising sheets.
An online sale of a painting by Estonian artist Günter Reindorf is available at the Rios Art Gallery.