Voldemar Haas (1889–1982)

Haas, Voldemar (1889–1982). Landscape with a river. (Late 1960's - early 1970)

Voldemar Haas was born in 1898 in the Livonian province of the Russian Empire. From 1919 to 1923 he studied at the Pallas Higher Art School in the city of Tartu. His teacher was the famous Estonian painter Ado Vabbe.
In parallel with his studies, he worked at the Estonian National Museum. After graduating from school, he became a stage designer at the Vanemuine local theater until 1937. From 1936 to 1956 he worked at the Estonian National Theatre.
Voldemar Haas is known to many as a teacher. Since 1940, he began teaching at the Art Institute of the Estonian SSR.

After the war, together with the artist Natalia Mei, he founded the Faculty of Theater Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
From 1944 to 1967 he taught at the Tallinn State Institute of Applied Arts and even held the position of professor. Among his students was Eldor Renter.
For most of his life, Voldemar Haas was engaged in pictorial and three-dimensional decoration. His brushes belong to the scenery for the productions of The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As a decorator, he designed the performances “Mazepa”, “Red Flower”, “Coast of Storms” and many others.
During his life he received the title of “Honored Art Worker of the Estonian SSR”, the Stalin Prize, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and the title of People’s Artist of the Estonian SSR.
Voldemar Haas died in 1982 and was buried in the Forest Cemetery. The online sale of paintings by the Estonian artist has been launched at the Riosart Gallery.