Valdemar Väli

1909 - 2007

Sortavala maastik. 1959

Oil on canvas. 65 x 84 cm
price 2 237 (sold)


Valdemar Väli "Sortavala maastik"

Valdemar Väli "Sortavala maastik"

Purposefulness of Voldemar Väli at the arrival to art has been remarkable. Having had for years odd jobs as a wall-painter’s assistant and a stoker of a merchant ship, as a worker in a limestone quarry and a gardener’s helper, he was still able to become at the beginning of the 1930ies the studio student of several different masters. After the studies at Nyman, Kaigorodov, Bergholtz and others, Väli headed at the end of the 1930ies to “Pallas” to study at Ado Vabbe. Only a decade later Väli himself already became a long-term lecturer and painting professor, working simultaneously also as an active artist.
“Sortavala maastik” belongs to a well-known and highly valued creative period. In the second half of the summer of the year 1959, Väli went to Karelia and the series of landscapes painted there has been evaluated as reaching of the new level. Villem Raam, being most probably the best specialist on the creation of Väli, has written, how in the Sortavala-series has been achieved the “generalising thought” and how the “spontaneous freedom of brush and colour handling reaches here in places the limit, exceeding of which almost seems impossible”. The artist never descends into the numb realism, which even during the mid-1950ies was an official standard. At the same time Väli keeps clear distance with exaggeration, remaining always in the area where “every colour spot and brush strike is directly and lively connected with nature, has directly been derived from nature itself”.

The work was exposed at Voldemar Väli’s personal exhibition in the year 1959.

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Appearance in auctions

Saaremaa
Valdemar Väli
Saaremaa
1942. Oil, cardboard 38.7 x 59.5 cm (framed)
ESTONIAN EARLIER ART CLASSICS AUCTION - FALL 2021 Haus Gallery 06.11.2021
1 600
Final price: 1 600
Island Landscape
Valdemar Väli
Island Landscape
1958. Oil, canvas 44 x 63 cm (framed)
EESTI VANEMA KUNSTI KLASSIKA OKSJON Haus Gallery 07.05.2021
2 200
Final price: 2 200
Pirita jõe ääres
Valdemar Väli
Pirita jõe ääres
1956. Oil, cardboard 34.5 x 49.5 cm (framed)
SPRING 2020 Haus Gallery 15.05.2020
1 100
Final price: 1 150
(sold)"> (sold)Südasuvi
Valdemar Väli
Südasuvi
1956. oil, canvas 89 x 117 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY'S AUTUMN AUCTION 2019 Haus Gallery 04.10.2019-31.10.2019

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(sold)"> (sold)Niguliste torni ülesehitus
Valdemar Väli
Niguliste torni ülesehitus
1984. 1 92 x 73 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XLI AUCTION. SPRING 2017 Haus Gallery 04.04.2017-30.11.1999
1 900
Final price: 2 050
Sügis
Valdemar Väli
Sügis
1958. oil, canvas 65 x 81 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 25.10.2013
1 050
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Etüüd saare kalasadamast
Valdemar Väli
Etüüd saare kalasadamast
1960. oil on cardboard 33 x 46 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXIV ART AUCTION 2009 spring Haus Gallery 28.04.2009
767
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(sold)"> (sold)Sortavala maastik
Valdemar Väli
Sortavala maastik
1959. Oil on canvas 65 x 84 cm
HAUS GALLERY XVth ART AUCTION, 2004 autumn Haus Gallery 21.10.2004
1 534
Final price: 2 237
(sold)"> (sold)Pirita jõe suus
Valdemar Väli
Pirita jõe suus
1960. Oil on canvas 54 x 72 cm
HAUS / XIIth AUCTION, 2003 spring Haus Gallery 24.04.2003
1 086
Final price: 1 278

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