Watercolor "In a brothel"
Artist/Maker: Zardinsh Adolfs
Artist/Maker Dates: 1890 - 1967
Place of Production: Latvia
Date of Production: 1930s
Materials: paper, watercolor
Width: 44.0 cm.
Height: 35.0 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
Adolfs Zardins is one of the outsiders of interwar period – his art became known to wider public only after 1997. He has made mainly small scale, but complex figurative compositions in various techniques, mainly distemper or watercolour on paper or cardboard. Thematically he turned to historical, mythological and erotic scenes. His views formed in cosmopolitan burghers’ culture of turn of the 20th century with its accents to art noveau and symbolism forms and later in Russian environment of Vitebsk, where were actual tendencies of modernism (“Мир изкуство”, cezannism, neoprimitivism). In his diary artist has mentioned such artists as Raphael, Ingres, Velasquez, Manet, Goya and others as the artistic influences. In Zardins art elements of fauvism, expressionism, late cubism and the new objectivity are used as decorative elements of form in subjective, robust and often idealised visions. During time artist lived and worked in Jurmala, these tendencies became stylistically more refined, technically masterful, coinciding with Art Deco aesthetics. Zardins often depicted body of a human both, abstract and naturalistic.
His artistic skills Zardins acquired with self-teaching. During 1930s he attended Independent Artist’s studio and participated their exhibitions as a candidate. Unfortunately, in 1937 he got rejected the application as a member of Independent Artist’s studio. Then artist moved to Jurmala and lived there in apartness for the rest of his life. There he fanatically worked with drawings, painted, red books and wrote his diary. After World War 2 artist often was in hunger and cold, without suitable equipment for making art. At the end of 90’s his relatives gave to the publicity his creative heritage and there were several memorial exhibitions held in his honour.
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