Painting "At the Well", ca. 1935, by Artist Ģederts Eliass (1887–1975)

It is no coincidence that the paintings of Ģederts Eliass have stood the test of time and are able to convey the emotional tenor of the Latvian people. Growing up on a farm in the Zemgale region, he witnessed first-hand and from a young age what rural life in Latvia was like. Depicting country life has long been a nation-building endeavour. Art made in the 1930s in Latvia was oriented towards a recognized national school of painting, which included country scenes and depictions of life on the farm. Though it was the norm at the time, the subject matter was directly relevant to many artists’ own experiences. It inspired painters, poets, and musicians alike, who could still recall their own childhoods of running around the family farm. Much of the cultural heritage and folklore of the country stems from the farm work, and from pagan rituals and beliefs, fundamentally connected to nature. The seasons and the chores associated with them have produced many songs and poems, as well as paintings.

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