August Annuss (1893-1984)
Born on October 27, 1893 in Liepaja (Latvia), died on January 5, 1984 in New York. Painter. Professional training the Art School in Kiev (1913 - 1915), Stiglitz's Central School for Technical Drawing (1915 - 1917), Imperial School of the Association for the Fostering of Art, St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1918), and Latvian Academy of Arts (1923-1926), where he graduated from the Workshop in Figure Painting under professor J. R. Tilbergs. Humanities at the St. Petersburg University, and the Department of Philology and Philosophy of the University of Latvia (1921 - 1922). Member of the Independent Artists' Union (1924 - 1928), Association of Latvian Artists (1927 - 1931), artists' group "Sadarbs"(1931 - 1940). One of the most outstanding representatives of the Latvian figural painting in the period between the World Wars. Painted genre scenes (motifs of peasants' and fishermen's life, women at the sea), altarpieces in oil. The works on large canvases feature monumental conception, often with a symbolic undertone, and peculiar lighting effects. His personal style can be related to the painterly manner of Neorealism. Professor at the Latvian Academy of Arts (1929-1944). Emigration to Germany in 1944. In 1949, he moved to the United States. Founder of the association of Latvian artists in Eslingen (Germany), head of the art section of the ALA Culture Bureau (1951 - 1973), the fine arts section of LAMZA (1952-1983).
References: Art and Architecture. Biographies, Riga, 1996; J. Veselis. Augusts Annuss. Riga, 1944; Latvian Fine Arts in 1860--1940. Riga, 1986; J. Silins. Latvian Art in 1915 - 1940, II. Stockholm, 1990; Latvian State Academy of Arts, compiled by I. Burane, Riga, 1989; Augusts Annuss: 1893 - 1984. Exhibition Catalogue, Riga, 1993.