Kārlis Padegs - Madonna with Machine Gun, 1932Regular priceRs. 690 Sale price
Kārlis Padegs is a very important Latvian artist who is known for his controversial paintings. One of his most famous and well-known paintings is called 'Madonna with Machine Gun'. This canvas print would make an excellent addition to any art collection, or it could be used as a unique decorative item in a more public space. The painting itself is incredibly evocative and a powerful statement on the role of women in society. It’s sure to start up some interesting conversations. Canvas prints like this are perfect for all sorts of spaces, from hotels and restaurants to offices and homes. They're a great way to add some personality and character to any room.
About the Original Painting:
The 1932 oil on canvas painting depicts a virgin woman with an innocent face nestled amongst boots and helmets. She is holding a machine gun with a long ammunition belt. The style of the painting reflects both local Baltic influences and the modern art movements of contemporary Western Europe. Its original size measures an impressive 100cm x 134cm and is housed at The Latvian National Museum of Art in Latvia, which houses more than 52,000 works of art. It is the richest collection of national art in Latvia.
The whole of Riga society used to talk about the singular visual image of artist Kārlis Padegs. This would have long been forgotten were it not for his unique talent. The power of the grotesque seen in the modernist Padegs’ expressive drawings, watercolours, and paintings has no parallel in Latvian art. Although he was only a small child at the time of the First World War, the denouncement of destruction and brutality, and the anti-war theme became dominant in his work. Only he could have had the idea to paint a woman holding a machine gun as a challenge to common sense. (Source credit: Wikipedia, web.archive.org)
Very little is known about this painting as it falls into the rarest of the rare art categories among others like it.
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