(1911 - 1975)
Painter, graphic artist
Erna Geistaute has worked in still life, landscape and portrait genres with the Belgian art features. She was active promoter of Latvian art in exile. She has painted portraits in pastel technique, depicting the sitter from different angles and strived to solve various problems of characterizing. At the beginning of her creative work, she turned to depiction of the mother and child and Madonna. She searched for new painting techniques to maximize the intensity of the colouring. During the last years of her lifetime, Geistaute made visionary compositions on motifs of the plays by Janis Rainis. She also worked on book designs.
Erna Gestaute has studied at the Art Academy of Latvia (1926-1930). In 1936 with the Cultural Foundation of Latvia grant, she travelled to foreign art centres. Geistaute was a member of artists’ group “The Green Crow” (“Zaļā Vārna”). She was one of the initiators for the exhibition “Latvian art in Western Europe” (1958, Copenhagen), organised solo exhibitions in Copenhagen (1959) and Uppsala (1960).
Ņefedova I. Geistaute, Erna // Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās, I / Atb. red. A. Vilsons. R.: Latvijas enciklopēdija, 1995, P.166.
Siliņš J. Latvijas māksla 1915 – 1940. Stokholma: 1988 – 2. sēj., P. 232.– 239.