Peet Aren

(1889 - 1970)

Maastik. 1927

Oil on canvas. 49 x 63 cm
Starting price 13 646 (sold)


Peet Aren "Maastik"

Peet Aren "Maastik"

By the year 1927 Peet Aren had reached his creational prime. He had received his education typically to the beginning of the century in St.Petersburg, Vienna and Munich. Many years of imprisonment, release from the prison and return to homeland remained in the war years. Already in the 1920ies, Aren was asked to work as a lecturer and during the accomplishment of “Maastik” the artist worked in the only possible place for him – in “Pallas”. By the year 1927 Aren was referred to as “a famous man”, “a widely recognised artist” and “the backbone of exhibition” (Rasmus Kangro-Pool, Hanno Kompus). In the same year Aren starts to fulfill the biggest order in Estonia ever, an eight-metre long mural painting in the Baltic station. We can claim that in 1927 he was at his creational peak. And really – also according to art scientists Aren’s “painting peak was the 1920ies” (Hilja Jõgi). The first half of the decade was spent on expressionism, deformation and anxious feelings. “Maastik” in its turn is an elaborate and unexpected counterbalance of the beforementioned. In the course of restoring and thorough inquiring of the work was found out that under “Maastik” is as a base painting a figure of a man riding on a horse. But Aren, who was well-known because of his thorough attitude, was discontented with the work, he decisded to try again, to test with the subject and approach, which were the closest to his heart. While being aware of the extremely few existing pieces of art of Aren’s earlier creation, we may claim that this is a real rarity. Also in the general picture of works of the 1920ies “Maastk” is rare because of its subject. While talking of this period, besides the expressionist creation of the beginning of the decade are also mentioned still-lives, but also views of Tartu and figural compositions.
In “Maastik” has receded Aren’s earlier angular and vehement approach, giving way to an extremely joyful landscape. Through the refined choice of colours, Aren has achieved a remarkable result also while taking into account the grand tradition of the Estonian landscape painting. When the charm of landscape paintings by Konrad Mägi proceeded from the freedom of improvisation, rendering of the clamour of colours by the means of short nervous brush strikes, then Aren is considerably more sophisticated, the brush is moving in the hand of Aren, who is standing on a hill, with moderate peace, with long strikes, smoothly. The colours are given in “Maastik” as large areas, but none of them starts to dominate on others’ account. Matching of different areas, at the same time not forgetting organising of the room, which would increase expressiveness, is a clear evidence that Aren has just sat on a hill and done, what he could do best – and that was painting.

Appearance in auctions

(sold)"> (sold)AKT
Peet Aren
AKT
1939. 46 x 54 cm (not framed)
HAUS / II AUCTION, 1998 spring Haus Gallery 25.05.1998
639
Final price: 1 099
Istuv daam
Peet Aren
Istuv daam
1910. Ink, paper 11 x 9 cm
HAUS / VII AUCTION, 2000 autumn Haus Gallery 26.10.2000
256
Final price:
Kaks maastikku
Peet Aren
Kaks maastikku
1936. Water-colour 23 x 31 cm
HAUS / VIII AUCTION, 2001 spring Haus Gallery 26.04.2001
831
Final price:
Kaks maastikku
Peet Aren
Kaks maastikku
1939. Water-colour 33 x 40 cm
HAUS / VIII AUCTION, 2001 spring Haus Gallery 26.04.2001
831
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Evangelist Johannes
Peet Aren
Evangelist Johannes
1920. Vm. 10 x 11 cm
HAUS / X AUCTION, 2002 spring Haus Gallery 09.05.2002
575
Final price: 575
(sold)"> (sold)Müürivahe tänav
Peet Aren
Müürivahe tänav
1961. Gouache, cardboard
HAUS / XI AUCTION, 2002 autumn Haus Gallery 24.10.2002
895
Final price: 1 342
Maastik
Peet Aren
Maastik
1949. Water-colours, gouache, paper (glued on cardboard) 36 x 44 cm
HAUS GALLERY XIIIth ART AUCTION 2003 autumn Haus Gallery 23.10.2003
1 023
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Maastik
Peet Aren
Maastik
1927. Oil on canvas 49 x 63 cm
HAUS GALLERY XVIth ART AUCTION, 2005 spring Haus Gallery 25.04.2005
8 117
Final price: 13 645
Metsamaja
Peet Aren
Metsamaja
1940-1950. watercolour km 27.7 x 27.7 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXVI ART AUCTION 2010 spring Haus Gallery 15.04.2010
1 150
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Taluõu
Peet Aren
Taluõu
1931. oil on canvas 49 x 91.5 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXI ART AUCTION. 2012 spring Haus Gallery 20.04.2012
2 600
Final price: 2 600
(sold)"> (sold)Naine pärlitega
Peet Aren
Naine pärlitega
1924. oil on canvas 85 x 68 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 28.03.2013
7 800
Final price: 12 600
(sold)"> (sold)Vaade Alpidest
Peet Aren
Vaade Alpidest
1940-1960. oil, canvas on cardboard 46 x 38 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXV ART AUCTION Haus Gallery 25.04.2014
1 250
Final price: 1 600
(sold)"> (sold)Istuv daam
Peet Aren
Istuv daam
1927. drypoint plm 34 x 25.8 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XVIII AUCTION autumn Haus Gallery 08.10.2015-30.11.1999
900
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Vabaduse plats (EEKS maja)
Peet Aren
Vabaduse plats (EEKS maja)
1935. oil on canvas 84 x 97 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXIX AUCTION 2016 spring Haus Gallery 30.03.2016
3 500
Final price: 8 000
(sold)"> (sold)Kalapüügil
Peet Aren
Kalapüügil
1907. watercolor vm 28.9 x 23.2 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XL AUCTION, AUTUMN 2016. Haus Gallery 28.10.2016
1 200
Final price:
Lamav naisakt
Peet Aren
Lamav naisakt
1914-1917. 93.5 x 58 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's anniversary auction Haus Gallery 03.11.2017
2 700
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Õunapuud talvel
Peet Aren
Õunapuud talvel
1912. tempera, cardboard 37 x 51.5 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's spring auction Haus Gallery 25.04.2019
5 300
Final price: 6 000
Toompea Castle
Peet Aren
Toompea Castle
1948. Gouache, paper Vm 33 x 49 cm (framed)
AUTUMN 2020 Haus Gallery 30.10.2020
1 600
Final price: 1 750
The Guard Tower of Pikk Jalg
Peet Aren
The Guard Tower of Pikk Jalg
1949. Gouache, paper Vm 41 x 29 cm (framed)
AUTUMN 2020 Haus Gallery 30.10.2020
1 500
Final price: 3 600

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