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Alberts FILKA

(1891 - 1938)



Alberts Filka mostly has painted landscapes, everyday lives of fishermen and farmers, cityscapes, markets, ports, fisherman’s’ villages and horses in traditional realism manner. Alongside independent observations of everyday life, he has depicted classic romanticist landscapes. From 1917 until 1921 under influence of his teacher Nikolay Roerich, he also turned to fantastic landscapes. However, later he continued to work in realistic impressionism manner. Around 1930 he painted monumental landscapes with large groups of trees, arranged in coulisse-like compositions. Seaside theme also was important in his creative work – Filka was born and spent his childhood in seaside town Jurmala. During the last years of his life, Filka turned to cityscape, mostly depicting Riga and Majori.


First painting skills Alberts Filka acquired in the studio of Julijs Madernieks (1909-1911), later Kazan art school (1911-1912) and Petrograd School of the Artist Promotion (1913-1915), where he was taught by Arkady Rylov and Nikolay Roerich. After army service, he tried to continue studying art in Petersburg, but due to financial struggles moved to North Caucasus, where he continued to paint. Filka returned to Latvia in 1920. He worked as decorator (in National Opera house in 1921 and Latgale Theatre from 1926 until 1927) and as a teacher (in Rezekne, Daugavpils, Riga). Alberts Filka participated in exhibitions since 1913, was a member of Independent artists’ union (1920-1931) and since 1924 participated in exhibitions, organised by the union.



1. Tidomane G. Filka, Alberts // Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās, I [Art and anrchitecture biographies, volume 1] / Atb. red. A. Vilsons. R.: Latvijas enciklopēdija, 1995, 154. lpp.

2. Siliņš J. Latvijas māksla 1915 – 1940. [Latvian art 1915 – 1940.] Stokholma: 1988 – 1. sēj., 417.–421.lpp