1894 - 1964 · Latvia
Jānis Liepiņš was a visual artist, who was born in Latvia, like other famous artists such as Dailis Rožlapa, Ola Vasiljeva, Lote Vilma Vitina, Ernests Meļķis, and Alise Mediņa. Jānis Liepiņš, born in 1894, died in 1964.
About Jānis Liepiņš's work
Jānis Liepiņš's work is fundamentally characteristic of figurative art. Figurative art can merely be understood as art that contains strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often considered as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it includes a significant number of opportunities to represent the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is enormous, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.
Jānis Liepiņš in private collections
Further Biographical Context for Jānis Liepiņš
Born in 1894, Jānis Liepiņš grew up during the 1900s and 1910s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The first decades of the twentieth century were characterised by dynamic developments 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 different major cities around the world developed different modes of these significant innovations. The horrors of the First World War hatched significant developments in the psychological uses of art, including the absurdist stylings of Dadaism which materialised 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 developed by Sigmund Freud and his follower Carl Jung.