Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Socialist Realist Art on Baltics


Antanas Gudaitis (1904–1989)

A. Gudaitis's artistic heritage is uncommonly multi-faceted and colourful. Although it is customary to describe this artist's works by the general term of lyrical expressionism, his paintings combine a variety of sources and trends. In Gudaitis's works of different periods the influence of Paul Cezanne's stylistics, the features of art deco and neo-classicism, the tendencies of realism, expressionism and abstract art can be noticed.

Vincentas Gečas (1931)

Vincentas was born in 1931, Gecas Mazeikiai. On 1951 1957 artist studied at the Vilnius Art Institute. Lives and works in Vilnius.


Vilis Ozols

Vilis Ozols was born on May 3, 1929 in Latvia. He graduated from the prestigious Janis Rozentals School of Art in Riga, Latvia in 1952 and from the Painting Department of the Latvian Art Academy in 1958. In 1992, he received his master′s degree. Ozols was a professor of preparatory courses at the Academy from 1959 to 1961, senior professor of drawing from 1961 to 1989 and head of the painting department from 1989 to 1991. Ozols took part in exhibitions since 1957. Solo exhibitions were made in Dole (1982, together with I. Vecozols), Naukseni (1989), Riga (1989), Cesis and Valmiera (1989, together with S. Ozolins).

Eduards Kalniņš (1904-1988)

Eduards Kalniņš was born on 25th October 1904 in Ķeipene Parish of the Riga district. His mother, Anna (Juliana) Kalniņa (1881-1952), was a houswwife; his father, Frīdrihs Kalniņš (1874-1952), was a tailor. For two years he studied at the Vilis Olavs School of Commerce in Riga, but in 1914 he moved to Russia together with family as refugees during the First World War. There, from 1917-1920, he studied at Tomsk High School and attended the studio of painter Yevgeny Moshkevich. He eventually returned to Riga in 1921, where he found work as a commercial painter. In 1922 he entered the Latvian Academy of Art.

After years of study, and travels to Germany, Holland and Belgium, he graduated from the Academyin 1931 with his diploma work "After the Rain". A brief period of military service in the Latvian Army was followed by a succession of exhibitions across Europe. In 1945 he was accepted in the Latvian SSR Artists' Union and for two years was a teacher at the Painting Department of the Latvian SSR State Academy of Art, before being appointed associate professor at the Painting Department in 1947.


Valerian Loik

Nikolai Kormashov

Leili Muuga


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