Painting "Winter landscape"

Artist/Maker: Kokle Leo

Artist/Maker Dates: 1924 - 1964

Place of Production: Latvia (USSR)

Date of Production: middle of 20th century

Materials: cardboard, oil

Width: 70.0 cm.

Height: 50.0 cm.


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Leo Kokle mostly worked in portrait and still life, occasionally painted figurative compositions and landscapes. The artist painted with spacious and pastose brush strokes. The main component of the paintings made it the effect obtained from the texture of the work. In the portraits, Leo Coclet liked to reveal the psychological character of the person and his occupation and profession. He achieved it with the help of color, form and principles of the compositional structure. In the women's portraits, in turn, the emphasis was put on the lyrical moment, paying particular attention to the external beauty and grace of women. An important period in the artist's work was the theme of the holiday "Ligo" in the mid-50s. Despite his short life, Leo Kokle occupies an important place in Latvian painting.

Leo Kokle's childhood began tragically. Having fallen from a ladder he suffered a serious injury to his spine, which caused subsequent complications in the artist's life. But despite his state of health, Leo Kokle, at the age of 18 began attending the painting studio of Janis Tilbergs, where he gained strong skills in portrait and figurative genres. In 1944, the young Leo entered the Latvian Academy of Art, which unfortunately he did not graduate due to health problems. Later, Leo Kokle not only painted but also wrote periodicals on current art topics. In 1952 he was accepted into the community of artists, where he actively tried to support young artists and their ideas of painting, thus becoming the initiator of exhibitions of young artists held after 1950. He was invited by Paul Stradins to create the artistic decoration of the Medical Museum and later to carry out various public commissions.

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