Ādams Alksnis

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Ādams Alksnis
Rozentals portrets Alksna.jpg
Ā. Alksnis portrait by Janis Rozentāls
Ādams Eduards Alksnis

(1864-03-10)10 March 1864
Died21 March 1897(1897-03-21) (aged 33)
Known forPainting

Ādams Alksnis (10 March 1864 – 21 March 1897) was a Latvian painter. He is one of the first painters who started to paint daily scenes from Latvian peasant life.


Alksnis was born in 10 March, 1864 in Vecalkšņi homestead, Mazsalaca parish, Livonian Governorate however he was raised in Rūjiena where his father opened a book store. He graduated from a local municipal school and traveled to Riga to study art. He studied drawing in technical school of Riga German craftsmen society and later traveled to St. Petersburg. There he started studies in Russian Imperial acedemy of art in 1883. He studied under Bogdan Willewalde and specialised in military art. In this period he was known as an informal leader and consolidator of Latvian artists in St. Petersburg. He actively participated in the local Latvian artist society Rūķis (Dwarf).[1]

In 1892 he graduated and returned to Latvia. He lived mostly in his native Rūjiena. In 1897 he underwent a minor nose surgery in Riga but died quite suddenly from blood-poisoning on March 21. He was buried in Rūjiena town cemetery.

Biggest part of his artistic legacy consists of drawings and watercolours. There are known only 15 oil paintings. Many of his works are displayed in the Latvian National Museum of Art.[2]



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