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Born Erich Carl Hugo Adamson in Tartu, he was the fourth child of Jaan and Anna Adamson. Adamson attended schools in his native Estonia before relocating to Berlin to study at the Charlottenburg Art and Crafts School. After studying in Berlin, Adamson then moved to Paris and studied with such artists as Charles Guerin, Roger Bissière, Moise Kisling, and André Lhote before entering the private academy of Russian artist Vassili Shuhhayev in 1925 and concentrating in the media of art deco and Neue Sachlichkeit.
In June and July 1928, Adamson-Eric, along with fellow Estonian artists Eduard Wiiralt and Kristjan Teder finally opened an art exhibition in Tallinn. Adamson's career as an artist spanned nearly four decades. He died in Tallinn, where many of his works are on permanent display in the Adamson-Eric Museum on Lühike jalg Street.
House in Kelmiküla, Tallinn where Adamson-Eric lived from 1936 to 1968.
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