Mucenieks Arturs

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Arturs Mucenieks (1912-1984)

Graphic artist, painter. Born in the family of the tenant. Zenta Muсenieсe wife - painter, daughter Ilse Muceniece - painter. In 1949 he graduated from the AAL department of Painting; Diploma work "Sportsman holiday " (head O. Skulme). He worked as a teacher and head of the teaching department at the J. Rosenthal Riga Art School (1950-56), editorial managers  of landscape, poster and cards at publishing house "Liesma" (1966-68). He participated in exhibitions since 1948. Significant personal and memorabilia exhibition: in Riga (1969-70, 1971, 1975, 76, 78-79, 80, 85), Ogre (1978-79, 1989). Member of the Artists` Union of Latvia since 1959.

In easel graphic he carried away with monumentalism, poetically rich and naturally true person depiction, which realized in dynamic linocuts cycles ( "Latvian farm Anturage", 1961; "We want peace", 1962; "Spring Song", 1967). Concept of monumantalizing image developed in book graphics, primarily in the illustration to the prose (P. Bauģe "People near the water" 1961, R. Ezeras "Wild apple tree" 1966, and "Water well", 1972, A. Auziņa "Griezies, vilciņ", 1973) and poster art (" Riga - 750! ", 1951; the cycle" Latvian Riflemen", 1959; triptych "Slava" 1967 "on March 8", 1968). Painting of Mucenieks characterized by growing dynamics in terms of color and shape, later color contrasts becomes moderate, but overtones become dramatic ( "Diendusa", 1967; "Morning", 1972; "Forest Trail", 1973; "Evening", 1978; "The City panorama ", 1979). He has also worked in monumental art; together with E. Cesnieks making stained glass ( "Friendship", "1905", "1917").

Used literature:
“Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās” Atb. red. A. Vilsons – Rīga, 1995 – 2. sēj. Mucenieks Arturs 131.-132.lpp. L. Reihmane