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Johann Walter-Kurau
J. Walter-Kurau, Portrait of a lady, 1920, oil on canvas, signed and dated.

1920

$19,674.72

About

The painting is signed and dated on the bottom left side: 20. Walter Kurau. Johann Walter-Kurau (also known as Jānis Valters or Johann Walter) is considered “the most mysterious top figure of Latvian art” (Eduards Kļaviņš, 1995) due to his hybrid personality caused by the education received from his Baltic German mother and bythe environment in which he grew up, more related to the German citizenship of Jelgava (in German Mitau). Despite of this, in his youth he was very deep involved in the Latvian national efforts because he was the chairman of Rūķis, formed in the 1891 by a group of Latvian artists, writers and musicians who were attending the Academy in Saint Petersburg. They were inspired by the Latvian sculptor Gustavs Šķilters and they were moved by a “strong ethnic spirit and national enthusiasm” (Šķilters, 1924. In 1906, however, he eventually moved to Germany, at first in Dresden (1906–1916) and then in Berlin (1916/ 1917–1932) where he died. His mixed surname is a clear representation of the cultural melting pot that accompanied him during his life, because it’s formed by his family names. At first he dedicated to genre painting but then he changed into a very elegant and modern Impressionism style characterized by superb subtle tonalities and refined harmonies. He was a very talented violinist and an important teacher (the famous American photographer Florence Henri was one of his student). Into a private collection is now held the draft version of our painting.

Details

  • Creator
    Johann Walter-Kurau
  • Creation Year
    1920
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.1 in. (73.92 cm)Width: 24.8 in. (63 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Florence, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU124025187632

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