Portraits and Self-Portraits of Artists
 Anna Baklane. Self-portrait with Peruvian Crown. 2008. Oil on canvas. 80x60 cm Krista Dzudzilo. They. No. 2 and No. 3. 2010. Oil on cardboard, Ø120 
  Andris Eglīties. 25.10.2010. Oil on canvas, 160x200 Valdis Krēsliņš. Witness of an Epoch. 2010. Oil, acrylic, vinyl on canvas. 150x170 
  Jānis Purcens. Sheet, a face, a cloud. 2011. Oil on canvas, 38x46 Norman Rockwell. Triple Self-Portrait. 1960. Oil on canvas, 113x88.3 
  Gita šmite. Respite. 2010. Oil on canvas, 80x120 Jānis Titāns. Self-Portrait. 2011. Oil on canvas, 50x50 
  Imants Vecozols. Self-portrait. 1954. Oil on cardboard, 35x27 Imants Vecozols. Painter Juris Jurjāns. 2006. Oil on canvas, 91x72 
  Vija Zariņa. The Cunning Smile. 2005. Oil on canvas, 90x160 Kaspars Zariņš. Adolf and Me. 2011.Oil on canvas, 60x70 
  Ilze Avotiņa. Kristine Luize Barcelona. 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 80x45,2 Ilze Avotiņa. An Angel for Herself or if you once have been to Albert’s Street. 1998. Acrylic on canvas, 72x70 
 
9.03.2011-16.04.2011Gita Šmite, Normunds Brasliņš, Valdis Krēsliņš, Vija Zariņa, Aija Zariņa, Imants Vecozols, Jānis Purcens, Juris Petraškevičs, Andris Eglītis, Laima Bikse, Anna Baklane, Ilze Avotina, Kaspars Zariņš

Portraits and Self-Portraits of Artists

Portraits. Self-portrait

Pablo Picasso has painted a lot of self-portraits and each of them is a masterpiece. Take the one created ca. 1900 and exhibited in the Museum Picasso in Paris: it shows a handsome face, a keen, observant and meaning look, the blue colour dominates in its various gradations and no details are excessive. And then there is a Self-Portrait with a Palette (1906, Philadelphia Museum of Art) which has been reproduced numerous times and even used on the cover of a book about the artist. Only a short distance of six years lies between them, but what we see is a different kind of painting and artist. Vincent van Gogh painted himself in various situations, and Albrecht Dürer eternalised aperfect beauty, mind and feelings, but with a dose of narcisism. We cannot imagine art history without Rembrandt’s self-portraits, eitherThey display particular depth — once you have looked into it, you feel captured as his portraits reveal a lot about Time, Man, Love and Suffering, in a word, about an artist’s mission. The late 20th century gave us Marlene Dumas, David Hockney, Julian Schnabel and many more that have portrayed themselves. And we do have masterpieces in our national art — the Self-Portrait of Jānis Pauļuks (1950) where we can see him as young, handsome, talanted man of genius. This work is the property of the Latvian National Museum of Art and has been reproduced on the cover of a book about the artist. Painters have also depicted their colleagues, representatives of their own guild, with sarcasm and irony, but also feeling the necessity of them – an artist needs his fellow-artists, someone who shares his views. Our artist Imants Vecozols has painted Konrāds Ubāns, paiter and his teacher, for whom he feels a deep respect and of whom he often speeks with gratitude and fondness. Vecozols has also portrayed his colleagues — Juris Jurjāns, Aleksejs Naumovs. So we may say that everything goes on. Nowadays artists love to paint themselves as they are good sitters, but not only. It is a way to speak about the most essential things in art: their experience, pain, loss, sufferings, longing and fulfilment. They are more emotional, sensitive and also more merciless. Is it so? We can see that in the exhibition, where Imants Vecozols, Normunds Brasliņš, Andris Eglītis, Valdis Krēsliņš, Jānis Purcens, Juris Petraškevics, Anna Baklāne, Laima Bikše, Ilze Avotiņa, Vija un Kaspars Zariņi, Gita Šmite, Aija Zariņa have portrayed themselves or some other artist.

Photo credit: Norman Rockwell. Triple Self-Portrait. 1960. Oil on canvas, 113x88.3

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