Adams Alksnis (1894–1984)

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1. Potato Removal. 1890s. Drawing.

Potato Removal. 1890s. Drawing.

Ādams Alksnis was a Latvian artist born in the Valmiera district. Alksnis began his studies at the Riga German Crafts Association’s Crafts School. Alksnis excelled at drawing and other foundation level courses.

2. Two Soldiers at the Table. C. 1890. Drawing.

Two Soldiers at the Table. C. 1890. Drawing.

Alksnis continued his studies at the esteemed St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where he specialized in battalion painting. Alksnis graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy in 1892, after which time he returned to Lativia.

3. Portrait if War Veteran. C. 1890. Oil painting.

Portrait if War Veteran. C. 1890. Oil painting.

Alksnis was a member of the “Rūkis” artist group, a band of Latvian artists who wanted to rethink and modernize the national arts of Lativia. Alksnis is best known for his drawings and watercolor paitnings. Alksnis’s work was relatively traditional in style and included portraits, landscapes and scenes from Latvian history and mythology.

4. Studio with Three Birches. C. 1890. Oil painting.

Studio with Three Birches. C. 1890. Oil painting.

Alksnis’s artwork is now in major museums, including the Latvian National Museum of Art.

5. In the Forest. 1896. Watercolor painting.

In the Forest. 1896. Watercolor painting.

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