|Born on February
18, 1895 and died on November 30, 1920 in Riga. Painter. First acquaintance
with art in the class of Julijs Madernieks at A. Kenins Technical School;
studies at the Riga City Art School (1913 - 1915), Penza Art School
during World War I (1915 - 1917). Early in the career, he was influenced
by Impressionism and later became significantly impressed by the West
European old masters and modern French painters, especially Andre Derain.
Among Kazaks' major works are those reflecting the everyday life of
refugees. He also painted portraits and a series of self-portraits.
Kazaks adopted elements of early Latvian Modernism of the first decade
of the 20th century and transformed them into an entirely personal style,
which is characterized by expressiveness, simplicity, synthesis and
even distortion of forms. He applied a conditional color pattern in
oil and water color, and employed various graphic techniques (Indian
ink, drawing, linocut, woodcut). Participation in the formation of Expressionists'
Group (1919) and then the Riga Artists' Group (its theoretician and
first chairman). Above 40 of his oil paintings, as well as about 250
water colors and drawings are kept at the Latvian State Museum of Fine
References: Art and Architecture. Biographies, II. Riga, 1996, pp. 15-16; D. Lamberga. Jekabs Kazaks. Riga,1995 (MME; Latvian Fine Arts in 1860 - 1940. Riga, 1986; J. Silins. Latvian Art in 1915 - 1940, I. Stockholm, 1988; E. Klavins. Latvian Portrait Painting in 1850 - 1916. Riga, 1996; Unerwartete Begegnung: lettische Avantgarde: 1910 - 1935. Köln,1990.
|Self-portrait in Black. 1916. Oil on canvas. 71 x 66 cm|
|At the Table. 1917. Oil on canvas. 106 x 106 cm|
|Circus. 1918. Oil on canvas. 106 x 107 cm|
|Self-portrait with a Red Tie. 1918. Oil,canvas.80 x 58 cm|
|Portrait of Julijs Sprogis.1920.Oil,canvas.61 x 52 cm|
|On the Beach. 1920. Oil on canvas. 110 x 100 cm|
|Refugees. ca 1917. Oil on canvas. 71 x 69 cm|
|Refugees. 1917. Oil on canvas. 210 x 107 cm|
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