Latvian Art Museum

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Latvian Art Museum


(Art Museum of the Latvian SSR), located in Riga. The republic’s largest collection of national and Russian art. The museum was formed in 1941 after a division of the holdings of the former Riga Municipal Art Museum and the former State Art Museum. It has had its present name since 1964.

The division of Latvian art of the Latvian Art Museum contains paintings and sculpture by masters of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries (K. Hūns, J. Roze, J. Feders, J. Rozentāls, J. Valters, V. Purvītis, E. Brencēns, T. Zaļkalns, and K. Ronchevskii), as well as artists from the Soviet period (A. Lapiņš, E. Iltners, I. Zariņš, L. Dāvidova-Medene, and J. Zariņš). The division of Russian prerevolutionary art has paintings by F. S. Rokotov, V. L. Borovikovskii, K. P. Briullov, O. A. Kiprenskii, V. A. Tropinin, M. N. Vorob’ev, I. I. Shishkin, I. K. Aivazovskii, I. N. Kramskoi, V. G. Perov, I. E. Repin, I. I. Levitan, K. A. Korovin, and F. A. Maliavin and the sculpture of F. P. Tolstoi, M. M. Antokol’skii, I. Ia. Gintsburg, M. A. Vrubel’, and S. T. Konenkov. The works of N. K. Rerikh are extensively represented. There is a large collection of graphic art, as well as decorative and applied art.


Gosudarstvennyi muzei latyshskogo i russkogo iskusstva: Katalog otdela latyshskogo iskusstva. Riga, 1961.
Gosudarstvennyi muzei latyshskogo i russkogo iskusstva: Katalog otdela russkogo dorevoliutsionnogo iskusstva. Riga [no date].
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.