Valdur Ohakas

(1925 - 1998)

Laua ümber. 1970

Oil on cardboard. 35 x 48 cm
price 576 (sold)


Valdur Ohakas "Laua ümber"

Valdur Ohakas "Laua ümber"

Evaluation of the creative heritage of Valdur Ohakas has been surrounded by contradictions and his importance in the formation story of the Estonian modern art and in the renewal of painting has started to be emphasized more in the last decade. As the member of the so-called "Tartu circle of friends" and obviously the best friend and congenial person of Ülo Sooster, Ohakas was since the end of the 1950ies one of the decisive changers of the general expression of the Estonian art.
The studies of Ohakas in the previous "Pallas" had hardly come to an end, when he was arrested and sent to the exile for the period of seven years. After his return he quickly became one of the key figures in the "Grouping" of no concrete frames, having been formed in Tartu by the previous co-students, the joint exhibition of which in the year 1960 is regarded an important landmark of the history of the modern Estonian art. The creation of Ohakas won gradually more attention and because of his form-renewing experiments and unexpected turns he could have been compared with his former teacher Elmar Kits. So Oks melted into his works abstractionism, cubism, but also the experience of surrealism and fovism. Instead of the true-to-life reflection of the reality he had been interested for already a long time much more in testing of colours and forms, giving a trial to their relations and trying to re-position them.
On the work by Ohakas at the table suddenly get together colours that would earlier have been total strangers to each other. The laws of physics also lose their validity in a deformed room and everything "ordinary" is proclaimed to be an eternal taboo. Instead of an idyllic café environment we see persons, chatting in a modern form of a language, instead of coffee cups and cream cakes we see a silent dialogue. And the longer we look at the threatening black eye of a window in the left edge of the work that seems to be checking and following, the more it starts to feel that the company at his table is not just a company. The more it feels that they have already met somewhere. For example in Tartu....

Appearance in auctions

(sold)"> (sold)KÜTIORU VAADE
Valdur Ohakas
KÜTIORU VAADE
1996. 50 x 70 cm (not framed)
HAUS / II AUCTION, 1998 spring Haus Gallery 25.05.1998
614
Final price: 690
(sold)"> (sold)TOOMPEA VAADE
Valdur Ohakas
TOOMPEA VAADE
1958. 42 x 62 cm (not framed)
HAUS / III AUCTION, 1998 autumn Haus Gallery 26.10.1998
614
Final price: 767
Vestlus.
Valdur Ohakas
Vestlus.
undated. 25 x 36 cm
HAUS / IX AUCTION, 2001 autumn Haus Gallery 20.10.2001
575
Final price:
Karjala maastik.
Valdur Ohakas
Karjala maastik.
1965. 60 x 79 cm
HAUS / X AUCTION, 2002 spring Haus Gallery 09.05.2002
1 534
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Laua ümber
Valdur Ohakas
Laua ümber
1970. Oil on cardboard 35 x 48 cm
HAUS / XIIth AUCTION, 2003 spring Haus Gallery 24.04.2003
575
Final price: 575
(sold)"> (sold)Suudlus
Valdur Ohakas
Suudlus
undated. Oil on cardboard 35 x 30 cm
HAUS / XIIth AUCTION, 2003 spring Haus Gallery 24.04.2003
767
Final price: 1 150
(sold)"> (sold)Portreed (teine portree pöördel)
Valdur Ohakas
Portreed (teine portree pöördel)
1963. Oil on plywood 49 x 37 cm
HAUS GALLERY XIIIth ART AUCTION 2003 autumn Haus Gallery 23.10.2003
767
Final price: 767
(sold)"> (sold)Portreed (teine portree pöördel)
Valdur Ohakas
Portreed (teine portree pöördel)
1963. Oil on plywood 49 x 37 cm
HAUS GALLERY XIIIth ART AUCTION 2003 autumn Haus Gallery 23.10.2003
767
Final price: 767
(sold)"> (sold)Autoportree
Valdur Ohakas
Autoportree
1955. Oil, paper 9 x 10 cm
HAUS GALLERY XVIII ART AUCTION, 2006 spring. Old Masters Painting Haus Gallery 20.04.2006
831
Final price: 831
(sold)"> (sold)Abstraktne kompositisoon
Valdur Ohakas
Abstraktne kompositisoon
1970-1975. oil, masonite 28 x 43.4 cm (not framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXI ART AUCTION 2007 autumn Old Masters Paintings Haus Gallery 23.10.2007
959
Final price: 959
(sold)"> (sold)Punased tulbid
Valdur Ohakas
Punased tulbid
1973. oil on canvas 50 x 70 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXII ART AUCTION 2008 spring. Contemporary Art Haus Gallery 21.04.2008
1 662
Final price: 1 662
(sold)"> (sold)Antiik
Valdur Ohakas
Antiik
1972. oil on cardboard 33 x 47.3 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXIV ART AUCTION 2009 spring Haus Gallery 28.04.2009
767
Final price:
Karjala maastik
Valdur Ohakas
Karjala maastik
1960-1965. oil on paper 60 x 80 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXV ART AUCTION 2009 autumn Haus Gallery 27.10.2009
895
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Talvine Tallinn
Valdur Ohakas
Talvine Tallinn
1970-1980. oil on canvas 75 x 59.5 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXVI ART AUCTION 2010 spring Haus Gallery 15.04.2010
1 406
Final price: 1 406
Puhkaja
Valdur Ohakas
Puhkaja
1970-1980. oil, acrylic on cardboard 35.2 x 49.8 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 08.11.2010-10.11.2010
703
Final price:
Seisev akt punasel taustal
Valdur Ohakas
Seisev akt punasel taustal
1980-1998. ink on paper vm 43 x 33 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXX ART AUCTION 2011 autumn Haus Gallery 14.10.2011
680
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Estraad
Valdur Ohakas
Estraad
1966. oil on canvas 133 x 98.5 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXX ART AUCTION 2011 autumn Haus Gallery 14.10.2011
1 300
Final price: 2 625
(sold)"> (sold)Oja
Valdur Ohakas
Oja
1975. oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXX ART AUCTION 2011 autumn Haus Gallery 14.10.2011
1 260
Final price: 1 260
(sold)"> (sold)Naine roosas kleidis
Valdur Ohakas
Naine roosas kleidis
1969. oil on cardboard 48 x 32.5 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 26.10.2012
600
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Arlekiin
Valdur Ohakas
Arlekiin
1967. oil on cardboard 34 x 48.5 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXV ART AUCTION Haus Gallery 25.04.2014
675
Final price: 775
Mehed ja hobused
Valdur Ohakas
Mehed ja hobused
1942. watercolor lm 24.5 x 39.2 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXV ART AUCTION Haus Gallery 25.04.2014
400
Final price:
Kompositsioon koonusega
Valdur Ohakas
Kompositsioon koonusega
1973. oil on canvas 100 x 123.5 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXVI ART AUCTION. 2014 autumn Haus Gallery 06.10.2014
1 800
Final price:
Kaks akti
Valdur Ohakas
Kaks akti
1994. oil on cardboard 32.5 x 26 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXVII AUCTION 2015 SPRING Haus Gallery 06.04.2015
550
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Linnavaade
Valdur Ohakas
Linnavaade
1960-1980. monotype, mixed media on paper km 29.5 x 24 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XL AUCTION, AUTUMN 2016. Haus Gallery 28.10.2016
700
Final price: 700
Seltskond
Valdur Ohakas
Seltskond
1968. oil, cardboard 36.5 x 30 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's anniversary auction Haus Gallery 03.11.2017
1 200
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Baar
Valdur Ohakas
Baar
1963. Oil, canvas 102 x 141.5 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's Autumn Auction Haus Gallery 01.11.2018
15 500
Final price: 22 500
(sold)"> (sold)Lamav akt peegliga
Valdur Ohakas
Lamav akt peegliga
1960. oil, cardboard 51 x 73 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's spring auction Haus Gallery 25.04.2019
1 700
Final price: 2 550
Cafe
Valdur Ohakas
Cafe
1970-1980s. Oil, cardboard 33 x 22 cm (framed)
AUTUMN 2020 Haus Gallery 30.10.2020
1 600
Final price: 2 500
Shapes and Spaces
Valdur Ohakas
Shapes and Spaces
1970. Oil, canvas 28 x 37.5 cm (framed)
AUTUMN 2020 Haus Gallery 30.10.2020
1 600
Final price: 2 100
Walls
Valdur Ohakas
Walls
1979. Oil, canvas 80 x 100 cm (framed)
EESTI MOODSA KUNSTI KLASSIKA OKSJON Haus Gallery 08.05.2021
7 600
Final price:
In a Cafe
Valdur Ohakas
In a Cafe
1966. Oil, cardboard km 30 x 32.3 cm (framed)
EESTI MOODSA KUNSTI KLASSIKA OKSJON Haus Gallery 08.05.2021
1 800
Final price:

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