[Riga]: [1928?]. Original postcard, 14.3 × 9.5 cm. Unused. Trace of moisture to corner (mostly visible only on verso), still good or better. Item #4143
Rare postcard showing a vivid expressionist drawing by the Latvian modernist graphic artist, set designer, and book illustrator Voldemars Valdmanis (1905-1966). Born in Tambov, Russian Empire, Valdmanis studied in Cesis, Latvia, before settling in Riga, where he worked in Uga Skulme's art studio, before moving on to work as a set designer for the Latvian National Theatre. These two postcards are somewhat similar in design to similar Latvian communist posters designed by Niklavs Strunke and Janis Liepins in the 1920s. The first postcard with Valdmanis signature and the year to upper right of the image, the second is unsigned.