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The Exhibition of Former Students of the Elise von Jung-Stilling Drawing School in Riga in 1904

Baiba Vanaga

Abstract

In the 19th century, the art scene in Riga was fairly undeveloped: it was impossible to acquire a good arts education, the art market practically did not exist, and only a comparatively small number of artists educated outside of the Baltics were working there. The local art scene became significantly more active after 1870, when the Riga Art Society was established. In 1898, Society opened its Art Salon, which held several solo exhibitions of women artists and at least two women artists’ group shows. One of them was the exhibition of works by the former students of the drawing school of Elise von Jung-Stilling, organised after her death in 1904.

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Baiba Vanaga (b. 1981) studied art history and theory at the Art Academy of Latvia, where she received the Doctor of Arts (Dr. art.) degree. She has worked at the Latvian National Museum of Art and at the National Archives of Latvia, and now is working at the Rundāle Palace Museum. Her research interests are women artists, Baltic German artists and artistic life in Latvia in the 19th and early 20th century.

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