The Princess And The Monkey, 1913, by artist Janis Rozentāls (1866-1916)
Janis Rozentāls‘ art represents a beautiful fusion between the school of traditional Latvian painting and themes and motifs of Art Nouveau and Symbolism.
Always hard working, Janis Rozentāls spent most of his time in his studio, taking only short breaks. He painted with a cigarette in one hand, chain-smoking. Rozentāls was a celebrity, popular and loved, his art sold well during his lifetime.
Rozentāls married the Finnish singer Elli Forsell, the only woman of his life who greatly inspired his art. They lived in both Finland and Latvia. His Riga studio was located at 12 Alberta Street. This building now houses Rozentāls’ museum and the Art Nouveau museum of Riga. Rozentāls died in 1916 with a paintbrush in his hand.
Folded greeting card (10,5cm x 15 cm) with an envelope, printed in Latvia.