Midsummer in Alksnāja Street
 Biruta Delle. Cherries. 2014. Oil on canvas, 80x60 Biruta Delle. Flowers and Lemons. 2014. Oil on canvas, 80x60 
  Inta Dobrāja. Midsummer. 1996. Oil on canvas, 88x67 Līga Purmale. Lake. 2012-2015. Oil on canvas, 130x150 
  Jānis Kalniņš. Peonies. 2015. Oil on canvas, 33x48. Jānis Murovskis. From series The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance. (Midsummer's Day. Morning) 2014. Silkscreen on canvas, 150x100 
  Jānis Murovskis. From series The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance. (Ligo Day. Midday) 2014. Silkscreen on canvas, 150x100 Laimdota Junkara. Flowers. 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 100x80 
  Juris Toropins. Sunflowers. 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 100x80 Ludmila Meilerte. Flowers. Oil on canvas, 75x60 
  Ludmila Meilerte. Flowers. Oil on canvas, 75x60 Alberts Francisks Pauliņš. Flowers. 1994. Acrylic on cardboard, 110x93 
  Līga Purmale. Poppy Field. 2002. Oil on canvas, 130x160 Daina Riņķe. Peonie Snow. 1995/96. Oil on cardboard, 85x60 
  Daina Riņķe. Ligo Night. 1999. Oil on cardboard. 77x74cm Jānis Kalniņš. Roses. 2013. Oil on canvas, 46x61 
  Jānis Murovskis. From series The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance. (Midsummer's Day. Night) 2014. Silkscreen on canvas, 150x100 Indulis Zariņš. Riding. 1992. Oil on canvas, 50x70 
  Jānis Kalniņš. Strawberries. 2012. Oil on canvas, 22x27 Jānis Murovskis. From series The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance. (Ligo Day. Morning) 2014. Silkscreen on canvas, 150x100 
  Ansis Artums. Flowers. 1982. Oil on canvas, 65x55 
15.06.2016-23.07.2016Alksnāja iela 10/12

Midsummer in Alksnāja Street

From June 15 to July 16 an exhibition dedicated to summer solstice is on display in Daugava Gallery in our Alksnāja Street 10/12 address. The exhibited works are from the collection.

There is a presumption that for Latvians the day before Midsummer celebrations has been around since ancient times and it has and important role in the accompanying rituals – this day, formerly known as Medicine Day (Zāļu diena), is now popularly regarded as Līgo Day. On this day tree leaves, green herbs for different teas, roots and many other natural ingredients were collected in folk medicine. These were used for people and animals alike, for example, to heal cattle from various ailments.

Latvian artists have not remained aloof from these precious traditions und have used the magic of this day in painting – rural flowers, green trees, mysterious waters with tree foliage and blue sky reflected in them.

Art historian
Andrejs Kaufmanis

Photo credit: Jānis Kalniņš. Peonies. 2015. Oil on canvas, 33x48.

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