This style, which at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century referred both to architecture and other fields of art, dominated in Riga for a short time, however, it left behind extraordinary colorful architectural examples. This coincided with the period when construction of high-rise residential buildings boomed in Riga and organically found a place in the architecture of Riga. Art Nouveau emerged in response to previous styles, especially to Eclectics, which required following particular historical styles. In contrast, Art Nouveau stresses a complete creative freedom, an expressive flight of fantasy with a tendency to show all utilitarian construction elements as artistic value. Characteristic features of Art Nouveau - sinuous lines, geometrical ornaments – divided into two main directions in Riga: decorative and romantic nationalistic Art Nouveau. Latvian architects, representatives of romantic nationalism, were E. Laube, K. Pēkšēns, A. Vanags, who created unique examples of national architecture (Tērbatas Street 15/17, Brīvības Street 47; 58; 62). Most characteristic examples of decorative Art Nouveau are buildings in Alberta Street constructed by M. Eizenšteins.
Alberta Street is considered as the epitome of Art Nouveau in Riga. Each house is a different and unique construction achievement from the beginning of 20th century. Nowhere else in Riga will you observe so expressive and concentrated flights of architectural fantasy. Buildings No. 2, 2a, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 13 in Alberta Street are recognized as National Architectural Monuments. Excellent buildings are on Elizabetes Street 33 and on Strēlnieku Street 4A, which in addition has been perfectly renovated.
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Wanda1 (14982) 2006-09-16 8:27
A good point of view with lovely warm tones. Your composition is nicely balanced with the windows on either side. Great details and textures.
pablominto (53744) 2006-09-16 8:31
A very pleasant symmetrical composition, done with fine precision!
Good colours and details, textures are very good...
A most appealing image!
xavshot (69835) 2006-09-16 8:35
j'aime beaucoup ce cadrage qui respecte la symétrie de la façade. Les teintes sont superbes. Belle qualité également
Gustaw (21670) 2006-09-16 10:41
Interesting detals, good colours and good light. I like historical old buildings, interesting face in detals.
agbonavita (0) 2006-09-16 10:53
Very intersting sculpture and architecture George! I like it a lot. Architecture is something that call my attention after nature.
Nice POV giving some godness to the sculpture. It is made on a kind of rock or it is wood?
hay_kes (30446) 2006-09-16 11:11
Beautiful architecture. and excellent details. The colors and forms are great.
Very good work!
TheMystic (912) 2006-09-16 13:54
Great note to go with this superb pic, George. I am particularly fond of Art Nouveau, and this piece attests to the early development of that style, which owes much to the Pre-Raffaelites, the other, and unfairly derided part of late 19th Century Art, overshadowed by the Impressionists.
serp2000 (40400) 2006-09-16 14:13
Privet George!That's beatiful like always in your works.Unfortunately, I never visited Baltic countries (it's my dream).But 15 years ago they included to USSR. You know...
Regards from Ural
Click3 (1886) 2006-09-16 15:08
George...a very unique POV which not only portrays the lovely architecture but also makes the main motif really stand out. Lovely colours & detail. Muy Bueno! saludos, Robert
emjleclercq (15780) 2006-09-16 16:21
A extremelly well documented note splendidly illustrated by your picture. I recongnized Riga at first sight, althought I only visited the place in 1991 and everything was in a much poorer style compared to now (but this is another story). Excellent sharpness again.
Al lthe best,
rosaline (0) 2006-09-17 4:00
Here we have a well delivered shot with very good symmetry. The detail is superb and the soft, subtle colouring comes out nicely without being to strong or bold. Good shot and very interesting note.
ben4321 (9875) 2006-09-17 9:05
An interesting architectural detail George, and I like your symmetrical composition.
Good texture in the stonework, and I like the richness of the colour.
wanna_yu (0) 2006-09-17 11:11
excellent view very symmetrical, sharp with a lot of details. Somehow I found it sunny but with lot of respect to be given. His eyes are just looking at me... Great work!
c_rapp (254) 2006-09-17 14:26
Great POV the sharpness is great. The picture, and the history lesson you provided are very interesting. Thank you for sharing.
MIG13 (0) 2006-09-19 20:17
Very impressive facade, George, for its details and colours. Great symmetrical approach! Well done, my friend! Regards! Miguel.
Angshu (55942) 2006-09-20 4:13
A well taken shot with very good symmetry. I like the superb details & the soft, subtle colours. Amazing textures in stone & your POV helps enhance the beauty of this work
pasternak (15181) 2006-09-21 9:14
Hi George, I like the upwards shooting angle here, and the central composition, resulting in an impressive photo. I like this architectural style as well.
Angelillo (9374) 2007-01-07 17:23
Really interesting and documented note! I like a lot these details of the buildings. This one is simply marvellous, by the perfect sharp, by the compo very well balanced, by the tones warm and soft. Beautiful! Thanks,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-20
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50, Canon Zoom Lens x3 5.8-17.4mm 1:2.8-4.9
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Art Nouveau, Magnificent architectural memories from Europe [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-16 8:11