Artists / Artist

Dontsov German


Born in 1916 in Saratov. Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1960.

He graduated from the Astrakhan Art School in 1939, studied at the department of painting of the Kharkov Art Institute. After the war, in 1946 he joined the Latvian State Academy of Arts and in 1949 he graduated from the studio of  Liepiņš with diploma work “Seeing the enemy.” He worked as a teacher in the 7th art vocational school.

Participated in exhibitions since 1939. Solo exhibitions were held in Riga (1967), Jurmala (1973).

German Dontsov was one of the most active members of the “Latvian artists – participants of the Great Patriotic War”, he took part in all the exhibitions of the group. In 1960, Dontsov was admitted to the Union of Artists of the Latvian SSR. His personal exhibitions were held in Riga (1967) and Jurmala (1973). The works were exhibited in many republican, all-union and international exhibitions – in Chile (1965), USA (1966), Great Britain (1967), France (1968), Germany (1972), Japan (1970, 1973), Finland (1972), Switzerland (1973).

In the first period he wrote primarily industrial landscapes with elements of figural compositions, where human figures had independent meaning. Gradually the landscape of his work displaces all other genres, and the role of the human figure or figures in the picture is reduced to staffage. Works of this period are different sonority and color expressive.

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