Pēteris Upītis

1896 - 1976 · Latvia

Artist biography

Pēteris Upītis was a creative artist, who was born and brought up in Latvia, like other celebrated artists such as Oļģerts Ābelīte, Arturs Drekslers- Duburs, Maija Dragūne, Jānis Rikmanis, and Daiga Grantina. Pēteris Upītis was born in 1896 and died in 1976.

About Pēteris Upītis' work

Pēteris Upītis' work is fundamentally representative of figurative art. In essence, figurative art is art which depicts recognizable features of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather simple, figuration still remains in its very soul more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be achieved are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Pēteris Upītis' work is mainly grounded. Some critically acclaimed artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Pēteris Upītis in private collections

It is the collector Kerels, who is in possession of artwork by Pēteris Upītis at Artland. Kerels also has works by other artists including Hur Kyung-Ae, Liam Fallon, and Alessandro Simonini.

Further Biographical Context for Pēteris Upītis

Pēteris Upītis was born in 1896 and was predominantly inspired by the 1900s and 1910s. The Fauves are generally considered to be the first major Post-Impressionist group, working in the at the start of the 20th century. With artists such as Henry Matisse within their ranks, the Fauves believed that intense, other worldly colours and energetic brushstrokes were a key component of their work. At the same time, a young Pablo Picasso, still in his youth, created his famed Blue and Rose periods in Paris, and by the end of the 1920s he had developed the initial ideas of depicting fractured views of reality alongside his contemporary Georges Braque. This movement became known as Analytical Cubism. The first twenty years of the twentieth century can be considered to be the most fruitful, and are considered as the era in art history when modern and modernist philosophies first began to take hold culturally. Mechanisation in production and ideas of order and rationality ensured the discipline of architecture to develop at an astounding rate, and was epitomised in the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. Bauhaus was predominant at this time and defined the idea of a common discipline across all modes of creative art. Most, if not all, of the ideologies of important art movements that we associate with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of work made during this time.

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