The monograph focuses on the life and work of the artist Jāzeps Grosvalds (1891–1920), nicknamed „Joe” by his family and friends, who became one of the central figures in the early 20th century Latvian art scene.
Although Grosvalds lived and worked in Paris for a considerable length of time his works have come to be regarded as an essential part of the national cultural heritage.
However, from a contemporary, polycentric perspective of art history, he should be regarded as an interesting Northern European artist, whose work displays individual qualities and who contributed to the general development of art in the region,
participating in the process of overcoming the outdated modes of Impressionism and Postimpressionism on the way to the Classical Modernism of the 20th century, and from Art Nouveau to Art Deco in the realm of design.
Eduards Kļaviņš is art historian, Habilitated Doctor in Art, Professor of the Latvian Academy of Art, Head of the Department of Art History and Theory. Researcher of Latvian and Western 19th–21st century art and the philosophy of art.