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Evald Okas (1915–2011)

Evald Okas is often considered a Pallas graduate even though he never studied at that school even for a day. That is how natural Okas’s fondness for everything Pallasesque appears to be. A certain turn in that direction is even noted in his creative work from 1955 onward: individuals also emerged alongside historical-social themes. Several summer months spent on Kihnu Island, when Okas worked actively, provided the impetus for this. His numerous portraits of fishermen are well known. He also depicted islanders in large numbers. According to art historians, this was a “lyrical intermezzo” in the creative work of Okas which becomes more picturesque and freer in terms of his brushwork.