Period of Classical Modernism and Traditionalism 1915–1940. Edition in English.
“Institute of Art History of the Latvian Academy of Art continues work on the general art history of Latvia initiated in late 2012 – early 2013. The 4th volume Period of Neo-Romanticist Modernism. 1890–1915 (2014) is now followed by the 5th volume, embracing the period from 1915 to 1940/ This time, derogation from the linear chronology of volumes was based on the wish to present the period’s art from a more balanced and even viewpoint, as its surveys before the 1990s had suffered from on-sided, politically biased interpretation. During the last two decades, numerous publications have already satisfied Latvia’s cultural public’s interest in Latvian Classical Modernism that was either ignored or undervalued before. A time has come to summarise them in the format of a general art history, paying attention also to less noticed segments of artistic life and artists’ output.
The volume’s sequence of chapters first presents the reader with the existing Literature on the period’s art. Historiographical overview is followed by the examination of artistic life processes. Then the text is divided morphologically, depending on the specific kinds of art at that time. Branched of the art – painting, graphic art and sculpture – are discussed first and their survey is split in three periods (1915–1925, 1925–1934, 1934–1940); then follows stage Design, book art and photography. Next parts deal with architecture, applied arts and Design – the spheres in which visual aesthetics is combined with utilitarian functions. Several deviations from the general chronology and morphology were tolerated in order to preserve the integrity of interpretation.” (Eduards Kļaviņš)