The Story of one painting: tennis player


RIGA – From 5 March to 17 August 2019, the Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova Museum in Riga (Elizabetes iela 57a, Apt. 26) can be proud to present the 2nd exhibition from the cycle The Story of One Painting, supplying visitors a have a look at the history of Aleksandra Beļcova’s painting Tennis Player.

This exhibition is a continuation of a previous venture from the cycle that began in 2015, whilst the museum pointed out any other masterpiece with the aid of Aleksandra Beļcova (Александра Бельцова, 1892–1981), the painting Black and White (1925). Tennis Player (1927) is of equal significance in the artist’s legacy, as shown via the truth that both works are part of the permanent display of the


Latvian National Museum of Art. The Tennis Player has its personal history, too, which, to some extent, is just like the tale of White and Black advent.

In the early 20th century, and particularly all through the Nineteen Twenties, tennis became an elite but commonplace recreation in which several girls distinguished themselves. Such ladies appeared inside the day’s artistic endeavors as athletes or girls who just posted in tennis costumes with the applicable accessories because the picture turned into related to a younger and current lady. The fashionable nature of tennis has become the case with politics and lifestyle, become related to World War I and the changes that it delivered

to public life – girls had extra rights and opportunities to work in various areas, including expert sports activities.

It ought to also be mentioned that the early twentieth century became a time whilst women started to appear as the most important figures at the degree of artwork, which had previously been ruled by using men. Tamara de Lempicka (1898–1980), Nataliya Goncharova (Наталья Гончарова, 1881–1962), Marie Laurencin (1883–1956), Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979), Olga Rozanova (Ольга Розанова, 1886–1918), Lyubov Popova (Любовь Попова, 1889–1924) and other girls became stars of the international artwork world – something that has been very uncommon within the beyond. In this example, Tennis Player can be seen as an icon in that the female athlete become depicted via a girl artist.

It isn’t always clean who becomes the version for the portray through Aleksandra Beļcova. Perhaps it turned into the legendary French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen (1899–1938), who turned into the primary lady tennis megastar and the primary lady athlete on the global stage. Another possibility is that the female within the portrait is the equal person who appears in Black and White – the artist’s friend Biruta Ozoliņa


The exhibition offers various variations of the identification of the Tennis Player prototype, also providing a more in-depth examine the art of Aleksandra Beļcova, positive elements of feminism, and the history of tennis all through that time frame. The exposition is supplemented with documentary materials (photos and postcards), as well as a tennis racquet and a tennis participant’s get dressed

from the 1920s from the gathering of style historian Alexandre Vassiliev