Jazeps Grosvalds (1891–1920)

1. Oriental Landscape. 1918. Watercolor on Paper.

1. Oriental Landscape. 1918. Watercolor on Paper.

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2. White Crosses. 1916. Oil painting.

2. White Crosses. 1916. Oil painting.

Jazeps Grosvalds was a Latvian artist born in the capital city of Riga. After finishing his primary education in Latvia, Grosvalds travelled to Germany. Grosvalds was soon exposed to the work of modern artists experimenting with new styles, such as Manet and Van Gogh. Grosvalds spent a year studying in Munich before being drafted to serve in the Russian imperial army. After finishing his service Grosvalds left for Paris where he continued his artistic training.

Grosvalds was both influenced by current movements led by the Impressionists, as well as the Old Masters.

3. Old Refugee. 1917. Oil painting.

3. Old Refugee. 1917. Oil painting.

In 1914 Grosvalds returned to Latvia, leaving France as war was on the horizon. Back in Riga, Grosvalds formed several artistic groups, such as Green Flower, The Expressionists Group, and Riga Artists Group.

4. Path of the Nightmare.  1916. Watercolor on Paper.

4. Path of the Nightmare. 1916. Watercolor on Paper.

Grosvalds was called back to the Russian army in 1915, joining the Latvian Rifleman. Grosvalds continued to paint, documenting his active duty across Persia and the Caucasus.

5. Kurds on the Roof. 1916. Watercolor and Gouache. Latvian Museum of Art.

5. Kurds on the Roof. 1916. Watercolor and Gouache. Latvian Museum of Art.

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