Valdemars Tone  ”Anna ” 1932.

Genre – portrait

Style – realism

Portrait of a young woman.

We see her face as darker silhouette against a brighter window. Artist represents Anna in a mild, vague way. Except red dress, burning accent, like a flame.
Artist uses thick, painty dabs of oil colour, several layers of paint.




Biruta Baumane "Chechen riders at the circus" 1997.

Genre -  figurative art

Style -  fovism, realism

Figurative composition depicts real scene from circus.

At forefront we see two figures- a man- clown and a woman - gymnast or dancer.
At second place- hardly seen another clown hides behind a curtain. At third place- dynamic figures of two horses and a rider.
Colours are clear, bright, contrasting almost unmixed. Mood of the painting is moving, alive although two main figures are static. It is made by using vivid colours and silhouettes of riding horses on the background.
Artist uses rather thin layer of paint, usually only one.



Hilda Vīka "Self portrait as women from Bārta" 1936.

Genre - selfportrait

Style - national romantism

Painting is made in that time of our history when all national things were highly in fashion.

So we see in picture: artist paints herself sitting near cornfield, as land treatment was main source of the livelihood for Latvians through the ages.
In the background are all that things that usually are mentioned in Latvian folksongs when speaking about nice, young woman- an apple tree,blue ceramic jug, pair of women also in national costumes on the roud (maybe sisters?).

Even stormy cloud in the sky has it's meaning- ancient believing tells that main god for Latvians was Pērkons ( God Thunder) - "chief" among other gods.
In that romanticized selfportrait artist uses bright colours, realistic and clear drawing with little stilization and simplification.

Posted on 2015-05-09