To the master of landscapes and still life Leo Swamp - 125 Publicēts: 21.07.2022
To the master of landscapes and still life Leo Swamp - 125
The painter Leo Svemps was born on July 19, 1897 in Vecbarāni, Beļava parish. He grew up in close contact with nature, received a good humanitarian education, becoming a refined person, whom his contemporaries called an esthete. His parents decided that Leo should become a lawyer and sent him to study in Moscow. As he himself was fond of art, he also learned painting.
On his return, he became a member of the Riga artists' group, studied law at the University of Latvia, and in 1923 held an exhibition at the Latvian State Art Museum. In 1925, Swamp graduated from university and began working as a barrister.
He was a highly valued painter and lawyer, after the Second World War he became one of the leading artists and public workers of the Soviet era, he was a professor and rector of the Latvian Academy of Arts.
In the early stages of the Riga group, he represented the moderate modernists, while in Soviet times he consistently painted only still lifes and landscapes.