photo Janis Tidemanis

Born on October 1, 1897 in Ventspils (Latvia), died on April 12, 1964 in Toronto (Canada). Painter. One of the rare Modernists among Latvian painters of the 1930s. An adventurous Bohemian, as a shipmate's hand he reached America, where attended art schools in New York and Cleveland. Professional education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (1922-1927) and the Higher Institute for Arts under I.Opsomer (until 1934). His style bears kinship to Belgian Expressionism, although he maintains interest in the old masters. The style of his paintings is characterized by expressive, vital and temperamental brush-stroke, he uses effective contrasts of light and shade, dark backgrounds, delegating color the main role in the picture. One of the first artists who introduced the theme of a big city in his paintings: he painted scenes of harbors, market places, boulevards, carnivals, crowds in the streets, and sports activities. His wife is portrayed as a modern city woman. City spaces, figural compositions, portraits, still-lifes (flowers) are among his favorite genres. Preference to oil and large etchings. As of 1944, he lived in emigration (Germany, Switzerland, and Canada).
References: J. Silins. Latvian Art in 1915-1940, I. Stockholm, 1988; T. Suta. Confession // Maksla, 1984, No. 1; R. Lapina. Janis Ferdinands Tidemanis // Studija, 1998, Nr.2

image A Girl in a Folk Dress. 1930s. Oil on cardboard. 55 x 48 cm

image Harbour. 1930s. Oil on canvas. 101 x 130 cm

image A Game of Cards. Two Trumps. 1930s. Oil on canvas. 161 x 127 cm

image Carnival . 1930s. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm

image Harbour. A Steamer in America. 1937. Oil on canvas.

image Hanele. The Mid-1930s. Oil on canvas.

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