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Vilhelms Purvītis

1872-1945 Latvia/Impressionism

 

Brief Biography-Vilhelms Purvītis was born in Jaunpils, or Zaube, as it is named today. His drawing teacher in Klastici, Belarus, Karl Schmid, had him go to the Saint Petersburg Academy of Art on seeing his talents. He travelled to Paris, but the art did not impress him, so he went on to Munich, where he entered his works in exhibitions set up by Sergey Diaghilev. He later taught art in Riga as director of Riga Art School and, in 1917, held exhibitions in Oslo, Norway. He became the first rector of the Latvian Academy of Art in 1919. By this time, he was recognised as one of the foremost landscape artists of Latvia and held several esteemed posts. His workshop got demolished during the war in 1944, and he bolted to Danzig with his wife and daughter; through ill health, he died in Bad Nauheim, Germany, in 1945. Many of his paintings got lost during the war. He had many honours posthumously bestowed upon him.

 

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autumn sun

autumn sun


early spring

early spring


in the rainforest

in the rainforest

landscape with
birch trees

landscape with birch trees


march evening

march evening


morning revel

morning revel


spring waters

spring waters


springtime

springtime


springtime landscape

springtime landscape


twilight

twilight


winter

winter


winter scene

winter scene