Huns, Karlis Fridrikhovic
Hūns, Kārlis Fridrikhovic
Born Dec. 1 (13), 1830, in Madlienā, in present-day Ogre Raion, Latvian SSR; died Jan. 16 (28), 1877, in Davos, Switzerland. Latvian painter.
Hūns studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art (1854–61) under P. V. Basin. From 1863 to 1871 he lived in Paris (from 1863 to 1868 as a pensioner of the Academy of Art). He became an academician (1868) and professor (1870) at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. He was a member (from 1873) of the Brotherhood of Wandering Art Exhibitions. He painted scenes from the lives of the urban and rural poor of Normandy (Sick Child, 1869, Tret’iakov Gallery) and historical genre pictures (Scene from the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, 1870, Tret’iakov Gallery). He also executed portraits. In his drawings and watercolors Hūns was the first professional artist to deal with specifically Latvian themes.