Aizkraukles Banka Supports an Exhibition of Latvian Painting

November 12, 2007 / Banking

To commemorate the 89th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, the Embassy of Latvia in Belarus arranges the exhibition of Latvian artists ‘Landscapes and Still Life. XX Century Latvian Painting’ with Aizkraukles Banka financial support. The Exhibition will be held in the National Art Museum of Belarus in Minsk from 15 November to 15 December 2007.

The Exhibition will feature works of Latvian painters of the period from 1906 to 2004, which are part of the collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art. Art connoisseurs may see the works of such prominent Latvian painters as Jānis Rozentāls, Indulis Zariņš, Ojārs Ābols, Leonīds Āriņš, Juris Baklāns, Biruta Baumane, Boriss Bērziņš, Ģederts Eliass, Jānis Liepiņš, Līga Purmale, Vilhelms Purvītis, Jānis Valters, etc. These outstanding persons used the genres of landscape and still life, and their paintings showed dynamic vitality of these genres of art.

As one of the outstanding painters of XX century, Vilhelms Purvītis has a special place in development of the landscape genre. Purvītis painted attractively restrained Latvian nature: its early spring with melting snow and brownish and purple birchwoods, gardens in bloom, and golden autumn. From 1921, Vilhelms Purvītis led a landscape master class at the Latvian Academy of Art, and thus made his name in the history of Latvian art as the founder of the national landscape school.

Still life entered Latvian national painting somewhat later, from World War I. Young modernists Romans Suta, Jānis Liepiņš, Niklāvs Strunke and Leo Svemps established an original cult of the genre.

At the turn of XX century, landscapes and still life paintings started to be ousted by innovation works made in the style of synthesis of various genres and abstract art. However, even today it is in the landscape genre that some painters find original solutions. For example, Jānis Mitrēvics developed his special author’s technique, where a digital photo is used at the initial stage, which is then processed electronically and transferred onto canvas by means of serigraphy, to be followed by painting the landscape in oil.

‘Landscapes and Still Life. XX Century Latvian Painting’ presents a unique collection of paintings by Latvian artists. By supporting the Exhibition in Minsk, Aizkraukles Banka aims at making a feasible contribution to the process of strengthening cultural contacts of Belarus and Latvia, making it possible for Byelorussian connoisseurs to see the works of Latvian painters.

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