Janis Birzgalis

1898 - 1968

Artist biography

Janis Birzgalis was a creative visual artist, Janis Birzgalis, born in 1898, died in 1968. Artists like Iacob Brujan, Anton Bruder, Oscar Antonsson, Heinz Borchers, and Beppe To were also born in 1898.

Further Biographical Context for Janis Birzgalis

Janis Birzgalis was born in 1898 and was largely influenced by the 1900s and 1910s. The first decades of the twentieth century were characterised by vibrant advances in pictorial art. It was the era of post-Impressionism and of experimentation, including the first forays into Expressionism and Abstraction. Many different groups of artists or loosely affiliated communities of the avant-garde in a number of major cities around the world evolved different modes of these key innovations. The horrors of the First World War spawned important developments in the psychological applications of art, including the absurdist stylings of Dadaism which arose in Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Hannover, and which brought recognition for artists like Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. Many of these ideas would go on to flourish further in Surrealism - the first art movement to fully incorporate psychology, and in particular ideas about the unconscious which had been established by Sigmund Freud and his follower Carl Jung.

Janis Birzgalis

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