Watercolor "Summer Landscape"
Artist/Maker: Vinters Edgars
Artist/Maker Dates: 1919 - 2014
Place of Production: Latvia
Date of Production: 1939
Materials: cardboard, watercolor
Width: 32.0 cm.
Height: 22.5 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
Edgars Vinters has mostly painted nature – at the beginning in watercolor and later oil technique. During the 1950s and 1960s, he emphasized the illustration of seasons in nature, cityscapes, and the river Daugava. During the 1970s he turned to the houses and memorials of painters, writers, actors, and singers and continued to paint cityscapes. During the end of the 1990s Edgars shortly turned to different watercolor techniques. At the end of his life, Vinters painted mostly his garden in Purvciems and still lives with flowers.
In the work of Edgars Vinters, one can find lights and shadows during the daytime and the changes of seasons. The artist has pictured the diversity of clouds in different weather conditions, the freshness of the color during the spring, the saturated color tones of the summer and the autumn as well as the colors and harshness of the winter landscape.
Edgars Vinters learned painting from Voldemars Irbe (1893–1944) and Hugo Karlis Grotuss (1884–1951). In 1940. Vinters entered the Art Academy of Latvia, Still life department, directed by Leo Svemps (1897–1975). During study time, he attended drawing lessons (led by Janis Cielavs, Augusts Annuss, and Karlis Miesnieks) and masterclasses by Janis Kuga (1878–1969). Then Vinters also began to paint plein air and use cardboard as a base for his paintings. Due to the start of the Second World War, Vinters had to stop his studies at the Art Academy of Latvia. Later he graduated program of pedagogy at J.Rosenthal Art School and worked as an art and drawing teacher until 1979, using his spare time to paint.
Edgars Vinters arranged his first solo exhibition in 1969. Since 1993, his works were exhibited in England. He was a member of the “Creative senior” house of the Latvian Artists’ Union since 1999. During his time at the Art Academy of Latvia, Vinters was close to artists Konrads Ubans (1893–1981) and Karlis Miesnieks (1887–1977). He has learned also from Indrikis Zeberins (1882–1969) and Aleksandrs Petrovs (1874–1956) art. He showed interest in German impressionists, particularly landscape painters.
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