DONTSOV GERMAN EVGENIEVICH (1916-2001)
Painter. Born in 1916 in Saratov. Member of the Artists’ Union of the Latvian SSR from the 1960. Finished Astrakhan Art School B. A. Kustodiev, where he studied from 1934 to 1939. From 1939 to 1940 studied at Kharkov Art Institute, department of painting.
In 1945 he began to study at Art Academy of Latvian SSR, he learned from K. E. Uban, U. E. Skulme. He graduated from Academy in 1949.
From 1949 to 1952 he worked as a pedagogue at the Art Craft school No.7. He started to exhibit his works in 1939. Personal exhibitions were held in Riga (1967), Jurmala (1973). German Dontsov was one of the most active members of the group „Artists of Latvia – The Great Patriotic War participants“. He participated in all of the exhibitions of the group. His works were exhibited at many exhibitions across the Republic, USSR and abroad – in Chile (1965), USA (1966), Great Britain (1967), France (1968), Germany (1972), Japan (1970,1973), Finland (1972), Switzerland (1973).
Sixteen of his paintings are kept at Latvian National Museum of Art, at Artists’ Union of Latvia (24 paintings), also in museums in former USSR countries.
At the beginning, he painted mostly industrial landscapes with elements of figural composition, where human figures had their own individual meaning. Gradually landscape forces out all the other genres, and a role of human figure comes down to staffage. His works from this period are distinguished by the noise of the colour and expression.