Monday, September 28, 2015

Sculpture of Oscar Wilde and Eduard Wilde

This is a sculpture of Oscar Wilde, left, and Eduard Wilde, right, in the Estonian city Tartu.

The figures are slightly larger than life-size. Eduard Wilde was born a few years later than Oscar Wilde. Both traveled extensively. It's not known if they ever met, but it's conceivable. Eduard Wilde was a pioneer of critical realism in Estonian literature and a vocal critic of oppression of the Estonians by Tsarist Russia and of German land-barons in Estonia. When the Estonian Republic was founded in 1919 Wilde served for several years as the Estonian ambassador to Germany.

There is a copy of this sculpture in Galway, Ireland.

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