Jēkabs Kazaks

1895-1920 Latvia/Modernism

 

Brief Biography-Jēkabs Kazaks who was born in Riga began his initial art studies under July Madernieks before studying at the Riga Art School under Vilhelms Purvītis. When the Riga school closed he went to the Penza Art School in Russia. In 1916 he went to Moscow where he encountered impressionism, futurism and the works of the old masters. One of his main Latvian influences was the art of Jāzeps Grosvalds. In 1915 he worked with the Latvian Refugee Supply Committee, this was a period which would have inspired his refugee paintings. In 1918 he went to the city of Aluksne where he lectured on art history alongside teaching drawing and art. A year later, back in Riga he was involved with “The Expressionist Group” which became the Riga Artist’s Group and he became the first Chairman. He died of tuberculosis in 1920.

 

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at the table

at the table


bathers

bathers


circus

circus


julijas sproga

julijas sproga


karlis baltgailis

karlis baltgailis

ladies at the
seaside

ladies at the seaside


meat market

meat market


refugees

refugees


self portrait

self portrait


the refugees

the refugees


two bathers

two bathers