Paintings and watercolours
Works from the collections of the Mūkusala Art Salon and Ģ. Eliass’ Jelgava History and Art Museum
On September 6, the Mūkusala Art Salon opens the new season with “Kin”, an exhibition dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the outstanding Latvian painter Ģederts Eliass (1887–1975). The exhibition launches a series of events paying homage to this extraordinary personality. It will be followed by an exhibition in Ģ. Eliass’ Jelgava History and Art Museum in September, and an exhibition in the Latvian National Museum of Art in November.
Ģederts Eliass was a brilliant painter, an art historian and a strong character, who played an indispensable role in Latvian art in the 20th century. Quite unlike any other Latvian painter, Ģederts Eliass has expressed himself in a multitude of artistic styles, current in the late 19th and early 20th century. His artistic oeuvre shows affinity to the highest achievements of European culture.
Born in a picturesque and affluent farmstead in the region of Zemgale, Ģederts Eliass inherited power, perseverance and a desire for self-expression, while receiving professional training in Brussels and Paris. He was supported by the whole family: Jānis and Karlīne Eliass, his socially active and knowledge-thirsty parents, the owners of the “Zīlēni” farmstead, as well as his brothers Juris and Kristaps, and sister Maija Cielēna, all of whom were educated in various European universities, and each in their own way took part in the formation of cultural life of the newly independent Latvia.
The backbone of the exposition is formed by Ģederts Eliass’ portraits of his relatives, as well as depictions of the legendary “Zīlēni” farmstead and its surroundings. For the first time the manifold watercolours of Eliass’ native farmstead will be on display in the newly opened Minor Hall of the Mūkusala Art Salon.
Diāna Barčevska, art historian
Press photo: Ģederts Eliass (1887–1975). Portrait of Karija. Ca. 1918. Oil on canvas, 87,2 x 67,3 cm.