photo Janis Valters

Born on February 3, 1869 in Jelgava (Latvia), died on December 19, 1932 in Berlin. Painter. Education in drawing under K. Wiesner at Jelgava Technical School (1880-1888) and J. Dering's studio. Professional training in violin play. Studies were continued at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1889-1894); in 1897 Valters was awarded the Painter's title. Participation in the activities of the Rukis group and exhibitions organized by the Mir iskusstva and Berlin Secession artists' groups. In Jelgava (1898-1906) he managed his own art studio. In 1906, he moved to Germany to begin his career under an assumed name of Johann Walter-Kurau in Dresden (1906-1917) and Berlin (1917-1932). One of the founders of the Latvian national school of painting. A delicate and sensitive colorist, Valters gave preference to oil in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes.
References: A. Lapins and A. Eglits. Janis Valters. Riga, 1953; Janis Valters / Compiled by K. Sunins, text by M. Ivanovs. Riga, 1978; J. Silins. Latvian Art in 1800-1914, II. Stockholm, 1980; Latvian Fine Arts in 1860-1940. Riga, 1986; E. Klavins. Latvian Portrait Painting in 1850-1916. Riga, 1996; K. Abele. The Unknown Janis Valters // Studija, 1998, Nr. 3

image  Trees. 1927. Oil on canvas. 62,3 x 72,3 cm

image  At a Party. ca 1905. Cardboard, oil. 51 x 72 cm

image  Forest. ca 1904. Oil on canvas. 101 x 82 cm

image  Bathing Boys. ca 1900. Oil on canvas. 41,7 x 57 cm

image  Self-portrait. 1924. Oil on canvas. 72 x 62 cm

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