Amandus Adamson

(1855 - 1929)

Vaade Pakri saarelt. 1894

Oil on canvas. 31 x 45 cm
Starting price 9 140 (sold)

Amandus Adamson "Vaade Pakri saarelt"

While looking back, the arrival of Amandus Adamson to art seems indispensable. Of the trio, having often been quoted by Ants Laikmaa as that of the “pillars of the Estonian art”, consisting of Johann Köler, August Weizenberg and Amandus Adamson, it was the most complicated process for the latter to become an artist. Already at the age of 14, Adamson ran away from an orphanage in order to enter the school of the Art Society of St.Petersburg, but his entrance was postponed due to his yound age by a couple of years. Adamson, who in 1876 first became the external student of painting, thereafter also that of sculpture, received during the couple of years of his studies an abundance of awards. Awards kept coming in also after the graduation of the school, when he was working in St.Petersburg as a freelance artist and a lecturer. A short, but a significant trip to Paris brought in its turn into his creation new winds, which differed from the current academically strong basis.
Critics unanimously call the 1890ies the “intensive flourishing period” of Adamson (Tiina Nurk). It was during the mentioned period, when the artist spent a lot of time near his homestead at the city of Paldiski and for the first time can be detected in his works a direct and sincere becoming one with the sea and sea life. Here are also accomplished the first and most appraised paintings by Adamson, the number of the preserved copies of which today is extremely small. Of the works, having been created in the year 1894 in addition to the present work is only known one more work and naturally this is located in the Estonian Art Museum.
“A view from the Pakri island” is a painting, on the basis of which can be drawn conclusions of both of the creative searches and the personality of the undoubtedly one of the most significant artists of Estonia through ages. The classicist pillars, known from the Russian school of painting, are reflected in the perfectly accomplished form solution of the present piece. Still we can see how the personal – intimate contact with his childhood home has also added other values to the work of Adamson. In this work can be clearly seen the lack of pretentiousness and giving up of sweet dramatism, which had become rare at the end of the 19. century. Instead of an exaggerated scene, the artist has here been himself: calm, calculating, direct, “with a sincere apprehension of the nature and with quite a free brush strike” (Nurk). This is a painting, where art historical dignity and the artist’s creational peak collide with an intimate view angle, the general with the personal, the Estonian art history with one coye of the sea near Paldiski.

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(sold)"> (sold)Tšempion (Georg Lurich)
Amandus Adamson
Tšempion (Georg Lurich)
1903. 7 101 x 35 cm (not framed)
HAUS GALLERY XLI AUCTION. SPRING 2017 Haus Gallery 04.04.2017-30.11.1999
45 000
Final price: 57 200
(sold)"> (sold)Õhtu Paldiski lähistel
Amandus Adamson
Õhtu Paldiski lähistel
1895-1910. oil on canvas 32.5 x 45.3 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XL AUCTION, AUTUMN 2016. Haus Gallery 28.10.2016
5 200
Final price: 5 200
Dekoratiivne reljeef putodega (skulptuuri allegooria)
Amandus Adamson
Dekoratiivne reljeef putodega (skulptuuri allegooria)
1880-1890. gypsum 18 x 60 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XVIII AUCTION autumn Haus Gallery 08.10.2015-30.11.1999
4 600
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Paldiski vaade
Amandus Adamson
Paldiski vaade
1890-1910. oil, canvas on plywood 27.5 x 38.3 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 25.10.2013
4 300
Final price: 4 300
(sold)"> (sold)Murdlainetus
Amandus Adamson
1918-1929. 27 x 34.9 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXII ART AUCTION 2008 spring. Old Masters Paintings Haus Gallery 22.04.2008
4 282
Final price: 9 778
(sold)"> (sold)Vaade Pakri saarelt
Amandus Adamson
Vaade Pakri saarelt
1894. Oil, canvas 31.2 x 45.1 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XX ART AUCTION, 2007 spring Old Masters Paintings Haus Gallery 15.04.2007-24.04.2007
5 880
Final price: 5 880
(sold)"> (sold)Vaade Pakri saarelt
Amandus Adamson
Vaade Pakri saarelt
1894. Oil on canvas 31 x 45 cm
HAUS GALLERY XVth ART AUCTION, 2004 autumn Haus Gallery 21.10.2004
3 259
Final price: 9 139
(sold)"> (sold)Via appia
Amandus Adamson
Via appia
1914. Oil on canvas
HAUS / VII AUCTION, 2000 autumn Haus Gallery 26.10.2000
6 008
Final price: 6 040
(sold)"> (sold)KRIMMI MOTIIV
Amandus Adamson
1906. 46 x 84 cm (not framed)
HAUS / III AUCTION, 1998 autumn Haus Gallery 26.10.1998
4 218
Final price: 5 081

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