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2007 | 8 | 25-33

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LEONIDS ARINS (1907-1991) (Leonids Arins (1907-1991)


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Leonids Arins was one of the leading followers of Fauvism in Latvian art. Already during his studies at the Decorative Painting Master Studio of the Latvian Academy of Art (1925-1942) he was interested in Latvian early modernists' and the latest European achievements in art, purchasing the best publications available at the time - expensive books on art published in the West. Arins spent most of his life in the provincial town of Tukums, working at the local museum (1938-1953) and teaching drawing at the local secondary school (1953-1968). He took up painting enthusiastically after retirement. Arins' painting is typified by attempts to achieve colour harmony on a flat surface, characteristic of the Fauves and especially of Henri Matisse; at the same time he searched for an individual style as well. From a thematic viewpoint, this shows in the choice of local environment and landscape but from the aspect of form and style - in the blending of bright colour fields and variations on the Northern light. Expression, asymmetry and the broken rhythm give Arins' compositions a particular experimental tension.


  • Gundega Cebere, Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Torna iela 1, Riga LV-1050, Latvia


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