THE STORY OF A PAINTING II

This project outlines the history of art and culture in Latvia after the Second World War, telling the story through the most significant works of art, made between 1945 and 1985.

Latvian  art  in  the  Soviet  period  is  stamped  with  the  notion  of  Socialist  Realism. It  is  an art  movement, created by state politics, for the purpose of involvement  in  constructing  communism. After the Second World War, the generation of artists who were at their career peak in the 1920s and 30s, experienced a creative crisis, when they tried to adapt their work methods to meet the ideas  od Socialist Realism and could not accept the art movement, imported from the USSR. Latvian art mainly depicted the everyday life of workers, following the tradition from the 1930s, when it was common to depict workers, peasants and fishermen at work.

 

“The Story of One Painting II” is continuing the project “The Story of One Painting” and consists of 8 audiovisual stories. Each story is dedicated to one significant masterpiece from the Permanent Display of the Latvian National Museum of Art. In short videos, the art historians explain the ideas behind the masterpieces, comment on the historical situation and tell about the circumstances in which the artwork was created.

 

The Latvian art scene from 1945 to 1985 is portrayed through the masterpieces of the following artists: 

Auseklis Baušķenieks (“Inside God's Ear”, 1980), Biruta Baumane (“Group Portrait”, 1969), Bruno Vasiļevskis (“The White Wall”, 1988), Džemma Skulme (“Folksong”, 1969), Jānis Pauļuks (“Felicita with Newspaper”, 1945), Līvija Endzelīna (“Mother's Blouse”, 1985), Maija Tabaka (“Wedding at Rundāle”, 1974) and Miervaldis Polis (“Dream”, 1982).

 

The project was created with the support of the law firm “Ellex Klavins”.

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THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Auseklis Baušķenieks. Inside God's Ear. 1980
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Auseklis Baušķenieks. Inside God's Ear. 1980
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Auseklis Baušķenieks. Inside God's Ear. 1980
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Auseklis Baušķenieks. Inside God's Ear. 1980
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Auseklis Baušķenieks. Inside God's Ear. 1980
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Auseklis Baušķenieks. Inside God's Ear. 1980
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Biruta Baumane. Group Portrait. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Biruta Baumane. Group Portrait. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Biruta Baumane. Group Portrait. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Biruta Baumane. Group Portrait. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Biruta Baumane. Group Portrait. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Biruta Baumane. Group Portrait. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Bruno Vasiļevskis. The White Wall. 1988
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Bruno Vasiļevskis. The White Wall. 1988
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Bruno Vasiļevskis. The White Wall. 1988
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Bruno Vasiļevskis. The White Wall. 1988
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Bruno Vasiļevskis. The White Wall. 1988
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Bruno Vasiļevskis. The White Wall. 1988
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Džemma Skulme. Folksong. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Džemma Skulme. Folksong. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Džemma Skulme. Folksong. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Džemma Skulme. Folksong. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Džemma Skulme. Folksong. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Džemma Skulme. Folksong. 1969
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Jānis Pauļuks. Felicita with Newspaper. 1945
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Jānis Pauļuks. Felicita with Newspaper. 1945
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Jānis Pauļuks. Felicita with Newspaper. 1945
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Jānis Pauļuks. Felicita with Newspaper. 1945
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Jānis Pauļuks. Felicita with Newspaper. 1945
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Jānis Pauļuks. Felicita with Newspaper. 1945
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Līvija Endzelīna. Mother's Blouse. 1985
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Līvija Endzelīna. Mother's Blouse. 1985
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Līvija Endzelīna. Mother's Blouse. 1985
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Līvija Endzelīna. Mother's Blouse. 1985
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Līvija Endzelīna. Mother's Blouse. 1985
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Līvija Endzelīna. Mother's Blouse. 1985
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Maija Tabaka. Wedding at Rundāle. 1974
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Maija Tabaka. Wedding at Rundāle. 1974
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Maija Tabaka. Wedding at Rundāle. 1974
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Maija Tabaka. Wedding at Rundāle. 1974
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Maija Tabaka. Wedding at Rundāle. 1974
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Maija Tabaka. Wedding at Rundāle. 1974
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Miervaldis Polis. Dream. 1982
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (LV): Miervaldis Polis. Dream. 1982
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Miervaldis Polis. Dream. 1982
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (RU): Miervaldis Polis. Dream. 1982
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Miervaldis Polis. Dream. 1982
THE STORY OF A PAINTING (EN): Miervaldis Polis. Dream. 1982