The exhibition Centaur. Jānis Pauļuks / LNMA Collection

The 1940s are an intense period in the formation of artist Jānis Pauļuks’ creative manner. At the age of 32, the elegant cartographer and calligrapher from the Unit of Land Surveying at the Department of Land Utilisation joined the Art Academy as an unregistered student (1938–1941), radically transforming his successful occupation as well as his lifestyle, and devoted the rest of his life only to art.

The exhibition is centred around four large-format canvases painted by Jānis Pauļuks (1906–1984) – Fisherman’s Family (1944–1945), "Provodnik" Factory in Riga. 1905 (1944–1945), To the Barges (1944–1949) and Slavery of the Spirit (1942–1954). Only one of the four – "Provodnik" Factory in Riga. 1905 – was purchased for the museum’s collection after completion and a passage of considerable amount of time in 1977, after being shown in an exhibition of visual art, disappeared in the museum’s depository, only having been presented in a couple of group and commemorative exhibitions. The entire quartet found its way into the collection in 1985 as a gift from the artist’s widow Ņina Robiņa. Slavery of the Spirit briefly left the collection depository only in 2010 for the exhibition Golden Works, curated by Elita Ansone. Apart from that, Fisherman’s Family and To the Barges will be exhibited publicly for the very first time.

Latvian National Museum of Art 16.11.2021 - 19.12.2021
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