Who is Hugo Kārlis Grotuss?

By Gwylym Owen

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Hugo Kārlis Grotuss (January 17, 1884 in Jaunpils parish “Dočkos” – January 16, 1951 in Dillingen) was a Latvian painter, classified as a Realist. His paintings and drawings augment some of the best known and most popular works in Latvian art.

He studied in the studio of Jūlijs Madernieks and as well as in the Central School of Technical Drawing of Saint Petersburg. He worked as a drawing literary in some schools of Saint Petersburg, and then became a vice-principal of the Shuvalov – Ozerskov Gymnasium.

In 1920 Grotuss returned to Latvia. He was a enthusiast of the Union of Independent Painters, also a aficionada of the board participating in exhibitions of that Union (1921–1934). Then he worked anew as a researcher teacher. During his vibrancy he made re 2000 paintings.

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