Baltgailis Karlis

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1893. 27. III Cesis, Latvia – 1979. 15. II Cesis, Latvia – painter and art teacher.

He was born at the peasant’s family.

Artist was learned at the J. Rozentala art studio (1906 – 1907), at the real school of A. Kenins where drawing teacher was J. Madernieks (1907 – 1911). At the 1917 he graduated Art school in Penza.

As a volunteer he entered in 5 Latvian’s rifleman’s regiment and was awarded with medal Jura krusts;

He took part also in the fights in Siberia and returned in Latvia through Vladivostok in 1920.

1920 – 1922 he worked as a teacher at the Cesis and in the women’s gymnasium.

1922 – 1944 he was a teacher of drawing and art history in Jelgava’s teacher Institute.

1945 – 1956 – Teacher at the Cesu 2 secondary school.

He took part at the exhibitions since1913.

1919. – organized a Latvian’s artist’s Exhibition in Omska.

Solo exhibitions - Jelgava 1923, 1939, Riga 1964, Cesis 1978.

Memorial exhibition – Priekuļi 1979, Jelgava 1980, Cesis 1983.

He was active organizer of artist’s life since 1925 – at the time, when was established union from artist’s, actors and writers – „Zala varna” and he was also a manager of fine arts section till 1940.

He made a vide art propaganda work in Jelgava, Riga and other Latvian towns. After Second World war he organize a likely work in Cesis.

He was a member of artist Union since 1945.and turn out at the 1950, restored at the 1958.

All life he collected materials about Latvian art and wonted make a catalogue (the work was not finished because work was not financed from Latvian Cultural Foundation; he received the stipend only at the 1924. /25.

At this creative work he mainly painted Latvian rifleman’s theme („Fallen rifleman”, 1927, „Rider”, 1927, „Old rifleman”, 1927, „After fight”, 1929, „Ice of death”, 1934, „Tirelpurvs”, 1934, „Rifleman’s to the fireplace”, 1936). Large parts of his works are wrecked at and in Jelgava, after 2. World war them were restored by memory.

Artist painted also the portraits, landscapes and genre compositions with aquarelle and tempera. His paintings are expressive and laconically colorist and composition. After 1940 he started paint also the Bible themes.


„Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās”, 1. part., - R.: „Latvijas enciklopēdija”, 1995.,- G. Tidomane, 42- 43 page.