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Paul Kondas painting collection

Paul Kondas

A collection of works of naive art on political and socio-critical topics, created by the amateur artist Paul Kondas. Paintings depicting these themes in Estonian history were not allowed during the Soviet period.



  • Estonian

Name of collection

  • Art collection of Paul Kondas

Provenance and cultural activities

Description of content

  • The collection consists of 26 oil paintings, five of them on two sides. The artist was a teacher and a school headmaster, who had painted since his schooldays, but more actively since the 1950s. In these paintings, besides nature and mythology, important events in Estonian history are represented; referring to these events was prohibited during Soviet times.


  • paintings: 10-99


Stakeholder(s) of the collection



Date of founding

  • 1956

Place of founding

Creator(s) of content

Featured items

Access type

  • completely open to the public

Author(s) of this page

  • Kuusik , Külli
  • Tark, Triin


Contra and Vallikivi, Mari. 2013. Kondas kohtab Contrat = Kondas meets Contra. Viljandi: Kondase Keskus

Männiste, Tiiu, ed. 2001. Paul Kondas ja tema värviline maailm Viljandi Muuseumi kunstikogus = The colourful world of Paul Kondas in the art collection of the Museum of Viljandi. Tallinn: Kunst.

Vallikivi, Mari , interview by Kuusik , Külli , October 26, 2016. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection

Last edited on: 2020-01-07 13:55:14